|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and French Minister Laurent Fabius. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh yesterday held phone talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, which saw agreement on a number of measures to strengthen the Viet Nam-France strategic partnership.
The two countries will increase exchanges of delegation at all levels, while expanding co-operation in economics, defence, energy, education and training, and culture, with both sides lauding the success of the Vietnamese Culture Year in France.
Deputy PM Minh also conveyed an invitation from the nation's top leaders to French President Francois Hollande to visit Viet Nam.
He also proposed that France advise the European Union to approve a framework agreement on Partnership and Co-operation with Viet Nam and conclude the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement within 2014.
Deputy PM Minh said he hoped the two countries would coordinate closely in organising the 21st session of the United Nation Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, scheduled to take place in Paris in 2015.
They also touched on regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea issue.
Addressing the tensions in the East Sea, Fabius said France supported the settlement of East Sea disputes through dialogue and peaceful measures without using force. — VNS