|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (left) meets with a visiting delegation of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group led by President Christine Deroche in Ha Noi yesterday.. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan hosted a reception for a visiting delegation of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group led by President Christine Deroche in Ha Noi yesterday.
The Vice President highlighted the great contributions made by the Senate of France in promoting relations between the two countries' legislative bodies, noting that the two sides had built close all-round ties over the last four decades.
She expressed her joy at the French Government's decision to deploy bilateral cooperation mechanisms, which would focus on boosting links in economics, culture, health and the environment with Viet Nam. She said this showed enhanced political trust and further co-operation prospects between the two countries in the future.
The host took the occasion to thank the Senate for its recent support for Viet Nam and its approval of the Viet Nam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement ( PCA ), saying that if the French National Assembly considered the early ratification of the PCA, then Viet Nam-EU cooperation in general and Vietnamese-French relations in particular would be strengthened.
The Vice President hailed France's successful organisation of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris last year, and called on French firms to further invest in green development in Viet Nam. Doan also hoped the delegation's visit would contribute to bolstering connection among the two countries' localities in the future.
Christine Deroche said the visit aimed to review the bilateral ties in the fields of education, economics and environment, revealing that the French National Assembly planned to approve PCA as soon as possible.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the guest stated that her country supported the settlement of related disputes by peaceful measures, in line with international law, stressing that it is necessary to maintain peace and stability in the sea for ensuring security, safety, navigation and aviation freedom, and international trade exchange. — VNS