Viet Nam News
PARIS — General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng met with President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher in Paris on Monday.
The meeting was part of his official visit to France.
They were pleased to witness the development of the two countries’ relations in various fields, while speaking of the highly important contributions of the two countries’ parliaments towards strengthening the friendship, solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the two nations and peoples.
Senate President Larcher affirmed that France attaches importance to Việt Nam’s position and role as well as the relations between the two countries.
He wished for the further development of multi-faceted cooperation between France and Việt Nam, thus contributing to deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Trong affirmed Việt Nam has always attached importance to relations with France and wishes to further intensify economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries, while expanding co-operation in other fields.
He welcomed contributions of parliamentarians to promote collaboration between the countries’ localities, urging the two sides to closely coordinate to organise the 11th conference on local co-operation in Toulouse city in 2019.
The Senate President supported Trong’s proposal on boosting bilateral co-operation in economy, trade and investment and wished to increase co-operation in French language training and promotion in Việt Nam.
He confirmed wanting to accelerate the ratification of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement after the deal is signed, creating a driving force for economic co-operation between Việt Nam and France as well as other EU countries.
At the meeting, host and guest discussed regional and international issues of common concern.
Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng conveyed the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân to Senate President Larcher to visit Việt Nam at a convenient time. The latter accepted the invitation. — VNS