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PM Pham Minh Chinh begins official visit to France

by VNA04 November 2021 Last updated at 08:00 AM

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived at Orly airport in Paris, France, on November 3 afternoon. (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived at Orly airport in Paris, France, on November 3 afternoon. (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived at Orly airport in Paris, France, on November 3 afternoon (local time), starting his three-day official visit to France at the invitation of his French counterpart Jean Castex.

Upon his arrival, the PM and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam laid wreaths at a monument of President Ho Chi Minh and visited the Ho Chi Minh space in Montreuil, about 15km east of Paris.

During the visit, Chinh is scheduled to have talks with the French PM, and meetings with the French President as well as the President of the French Senate and the President of the French National Assembly. He will also meet with the UNESCO Director-General, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Managing Director of Office of the COVAX Facility, and the France-Vietnam Friendship Association, among others.

The Vietnam-France strategic partnership has been flourishing. Senior leaders of the countries have paid due attention to and underlined the importance of promoting bilateral relations. The two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties and 10 years of the strategic partnership in 2023.

The PM’s visit to France will help Vietnam-France strategic partnership become more practical and effective. France is currently the fourth largest trade partner, the second leading investor and top official development assistance provider for Vietnam in the European Union.

Many major French groups are keen to invest in Vietnam, especially in aviation, infrastructure and smart urban areas, renewable energy, climate change adaptation and high technology./.

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