Vietnam, France highlight determination to promote ties
Updated : Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:32 AM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe affirmedtheir determination to deepen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership forshared benefit during their talks in Hanoi on November 2 as part of the FrenchPM’s ongoing visit to Vietnam.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe witness
the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries - Photo: VNA

PM Phuc lauded the tour toVietnam by PM Edouard Philippe, saying it is the second high-level visitbetween the two countries in 2018 after the France visit by Party GeneralSecretary Nguyen Phu Trong in March.

The two sides agreed toincrease delegation exchanges at all levels, especially high level, whilepromoting the role of coordination and direction mechanisms for bilateralcooperation, and forging stronger partnership in politics, economy, defence,science-technology, culture, and education-training.

The two leaders underscoredthat economic collaboration continues to be a priority in bilateral ties,stressing the need to speed up major joint projects and foster the relationshipbetween Vietnam and the European Union.

PM Edouard Philippe statedthat France supports the early signing and ratification of a free tradeagreement between Vietnam and the EU, underlining France’s commitment tomaintaining development cooperation with Vietnam in the future.

Both sides concurred topromote collaboration in building e-government and modernising Stateadministrative governance, which is a new and promising cooperation area.

They will encourage and createfavourable conditions for businesses of both sides to enhance their economicand investment partnership in areas of France’s strength and Vietnam’s demandsuch as infrastructure, energy, aviation-aerospace, health care,science-technology, communications, climate change response, and smart city.

They highlighted thesignificance of cooperation in education and training, including thedevelopment of the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi to aninternational-standard facility.

The two sides agreed to expandties in culture, stressing the determination to turn cultural institutions ofeach country into centres for cultural cooperation and exchange, including theVietnamese Cultural Centre in France and the French Institute in Vietnam.

They shared the hope to strengthenpartnership in security and defence as well as increase visits of Frenchmilitary ships to Vietnam, and support Vietnam in joining UN peacekeepingoperations.

The two PMs agreed to enhancecoordination in ensuring the success of the 11th conference oncooperation between Vietnamese and French localities scheduled for early April2019 in Toulouse, France.

They pledged to work closelyat multilateral forums, especially the UN and the Francophonie, whilesupporting each other in developing relations between France and Asia Pacificcountries as well as between Vietnam and EU members.

The two sides will alsopromote collaboration in coping with global challenges, especially climatechange.

Both Vietnamese and French PMsstressed the significance of ensure peace, stability and strengthening regionaland international cooperation. They affirmed their commitments to maintainingnavigation and aviation freedom, and solving disputes in the East Sea throughpeaceful measures in line with international law, including the UN Conventionon the Law of the Sea 1982.

The French PM showed his hopeto enhance the role of France in the Asia-Pacific region.

The same day, PM Phuc and PMEdouard Philippe witnessed the signing of a number of agreements of cooperationbetween the two countries in various areas, including training, e-governmentdevelopment, health care, climate change response, environmental protection,urban management, aviation, and energy.


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