Vietnam-France 50-Year Diplomatic Ties Celebrated in Paris
|Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang speaks at the event.|
In the jubilant atmosphere of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France held in the past few days in the two countries, on the evening of April 20, the Vietnamese Embassy in France, in collaboration with with the Vietnamese Culture Centre in this country, held a ceremony to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and 10 years of strategic partnership between Vietnam and France, VNA reported.
In his remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang reviewed development steps of the Vietnam-France relations, saying the two countries have enhanced their cooperation and dialogue amid global uncertainties.
The diplomat highlighted meetings and contacts between the two sides in all spheres and at all levels, including the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and then Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the APEC Leaders' Meeting in November 2022, the phone talks between the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the two countries in October 2022, and the recent visits to Vietnam by delegations of the French government and localities within the framework of the 12th Vietnam-France decentralised cooperation conference.
Pointing out both risks and opportunities ahead, he suggested the two countries establish a long-term partnership, for the sake of their people, and cooperate comprehensively.
Cooperation for peace, stability, dialogue and multilateralism in the world and Indo-Pacific in particular remains an important task shared by the two countries, he continued.
The ambassador also stressed the need to invest in youngsters, and promote collaboration in education and training in order to consolidate mutual understanding and bring new vitality to the close relationship.
He urged Vietnamese and French partners to step up cooperation in key areas such as green, sustainable growth, to which both countries have made strong commitments.
|Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (L) presents a gift to Benoit Guidée, Asia and Oceania Director at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Photo: VNA|
Benoit Guidée, Asia and Oceania Director at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, also emphasised the close ties and mutual understanding between the two countries, as reflected through not only high-level visits by their leaders but also the diverse relations between associations and localities.
He affirmed that the French people always have strong sentiments for Vietnam, saying the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties has created new momentum for the relationship in all fields.
|Performance of French and Vietnamese songs by the choir performed by students of Lully-Vauban primary school. Photo: VOV|
|Puppet performance of the Central Puppet Theater|
Meanwhile, the French Embassy in Vietnam, the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, and the French Institute in Vietnam on April 19 opened a photo exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam.
Nearly 20 photos on display show the crossed looks of Vietnamese and French professional and amateur photographers.
The exhibition will run until September 4, 2023, outside the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City at No. 6, Le Duan Street, District 1.
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