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Vietnam, France look to beef up multifaceted cooperation

by NDO/VNA29 September 2021 Last updated at 15:26 PM

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (second from right) talking with French parliamentarians and members of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Parliament. (Photo: vietnamplus)
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (second from right) talking with French parliamentarians and members of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Parliament. (Photo: vietnamplus)

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang had a working session with French parliamentarians & members of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Parliament at the invitation of chairwoman of the group Stéphanie DO.

At the meeting, the Vietnamese diplomat briefed the participants on Vietnam’s situation and the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The participants exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

French parliamentarians from political parties highly evaluated France-Vietnam relations and Vietnam’s role in the European country’s foreign policy in the region.

They expressed their interest in Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention and control, the Southeast Asian nation’s measures to promote post-pandemic economic recovery and its policy on international economic integration, including measures against counterfeit goods.

The French parliamentarians were also interested in Vietnam’s solutions to respond to climate change, including policy on energy development, the current concerns of young people, characteristics of Vietnamese socialism, and some aspects of the country's foreign policy, including those in Asia-Pacific.

Thang and the French parliamentarians debated prospects for the Vietnam-France strategic partnership in the fields of politics, economy, culture, education, training, and security – defence, and for coordination between the two countries in international documents as well as at multilateral forums such as the UN and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).

Regarding international issues, the participants shared their assessments of ASEAN's role in solving regional issues such as the Myanmar situation and the East Sea/South China Sea issues, as well as cooperation with the European Union to deal with global and regional challenges.

The two sides agreed to enhance the exchange of information, closely coordinate to promptly contribute to solving difficulties and finding new opportunities, and promote cooperation in all aspects in order to further develop the Vietnam-France relations in the coming time.

Thang applauded contributions of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Parliament in general and its chairwoman in particular in developing multifaceted relations between the two countries, as well as the relationship between the two legislatures, saying that these have importantly contributed to promoting the Vietnam-France strategic partnership.

He stressed that Vietnam and France need to further deepen their cooperation in a more substantive manner, thus helping to address challenges posed to each country and each region.

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