|President Truong Tan Sang receives a visiting delegation from the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Group, led by President Christian Poncelet in Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang has asked a visiting delegation from the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Group to increase France's official development assistance and direct investment in Viet Nam.
Receiving the delegation in Ha Noi yesterday, President Sang said the Vietnamese Prime Minister would visit France this month.
During the visit, Viet Nam-France ties are expected to be elevated to a strategic partnership.
Sang said this would be an opportunity to upgrade investment and trade ties, adding that France could assist Viet Nam in negotiations on a free-trade agreement with the European Union.
The leader of the French group, Christian Poncelet, agreed that trade and investment relations could be improved, adding that France wanted to boost co-operation with Viet Nam in various fields.
|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets the leader of the French group, Christian Poncelet in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo
He said he hoped Viet Nam would continue serving as a gate for French products to penetrate into the Asian market, adding that France would create favourable conditions for Viet Nam to enter the EU market.
On the same day, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung also met the French delegation.
At the reception, Chairman Hung said he hoped the two countries' legislative bodies would continue to widen their ties and strengthen delegation exchanges and the sharing of experience in law-making.
In addition, he said he highly valued the activities of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Group, which, he said, made great contributions to ties between the two legislative bodies.
The chairman invited the French parliament to attend the 132nd International-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly which Viet Nam will host in 2015.
Poncelet replied that France attached much importance to establishing its strategic partnership with Viet Nam. — VNS