|President Truong Tan Sang (right) receives the President of the French National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Elisabeth Guigou in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang asked for more efforts from both Viet Nam and France to raise two-way trade above the current nearly US$3 billion level while receiving the President of the French National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Elisabeth Guigou in Ha Noi yesterday.
Regarding France's concern over the East Sea situation, the State leader confirmed that China's fast and large-scale construction on islands in the sea have broken the status quo, threatened regional security and violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
He thanked France for backing Viet Nam's stance of addressing disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, the DOC, and working towards the signing of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) and maintaining maritime and aviation security and safety.
He again expressed sympathies over France's losses in recent terrorist attacks, stressing Viet Nam's viewpoint of strongly condemning terror actions that cost civilian casualties.
For her part, Elisabeth Guigou stated that through the photos provided by the Vietnamese Defence Ministry, she and other parliamentarians acknowledged that the scale of the constructions by China is not small, exactly as Viet Nam has said.
She confirmed France's support for dealing with disputes by peaceful measures with respect to international law and its willingness to cooperate with Viet Nam in East Sea-related issues.
Also yesterday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said he hoped France would accelerate the ratification of the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) between Viet Nam and the EU and the signing of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) during his meeting with Guigou.
Elisabeth Guigou informed her host that the French Senate would consider the Viet Nam-EU PCA today for early ratification at the outset of 2016. — VNS