French Prime Minister begins official visit to Vietnam
Updated : Friday, November 02, 2018 2:32 PM (GMT+0700)

FrenchPrime Minister Edouard Philippe on November 2 begins his three-day officialvisit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe - Photo: AFP

Vietnam and France set updiplomatic ties on April 12, 1973. Overcoming ups and downs in history, overthe past 45 years, especially since the establishment of the strategicpartnership in 2013, Vietnam-France relations have developed unceasingly.

In the past years, the twosides have maintained the exchange of high-level delegations. Particularly, avisit to France by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam CentralCommittee Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018 has created a strong driving force forthe development of bilateral ties in the fields of politics, economy, culture,education, healthcare and national defence.

Bilateral trade betweenVietnam and France have seen positive growth, with Vietnam having enjoyedcontinuous trade surplus since 2010, reported the Ministry of Industry andTrade.

In 2017, the two-way tradevalue exceeded 4.6 billion USD, up 11.6 percent from 2016. The figure included3.3 billion USD worth of Vietnamese exports to France and 1.3 billion USD worthof imports from the European country, both increasing by over 11 percent yearon year.

France is an importantEuropean partner of Vietnam. It also respects Vietnam’s stature andcontributions to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.Vietnam’s membership of the ASEAN Economic Community and many freetradeagreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement forTrans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement(EVFTA), expected to take effect in the near future, will bring new cooperationchances for both countries.


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