|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan meets with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
PARIS (VNS)— Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, in Paris for the 24th Global Summit of Women, on Wednesday met with President of the French Senate Jean-Pierre Bel and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
During the meetings, the officials shared their wish for closer co-operation between the two countries in the fields of energy, trade, science and technology, national defence, education, healthcare, tourism and climate change.
Doan informed the French side on the ongoing tensions in the East Sea, and said that Viet Nam would pursue its consistent policy of settling disputes via peaceful dialogue in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea between ASEAN and China, rather than using force.
She also thanked the French government, the France – Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group and French organisations for supporting Viet Nam's stance on this issue.
The French Senate President and many senators expressed their concerns about the escalating tensions on the East Sea, and voiced their hope that the situation would reach a peaceful solution. They pledged that the French Senate would continue to raise a strong voice in this regard.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius agreed with Doan's proposal to intensify Science and Technology project in Ha Noi.
He also invited the Vietnamese side to attend the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change that France will host by late 2015.
The FM said the two countries should continue talks on issues of mutual concern, adding that France was keeping a close watch on the East Sea issue. France was concerned about the situation, he said, adding that the country would support Viet Nam's push for a peaceful solution that conformed with international law. — VNS