French parliamentarians vow to continue support, assistance to Viet Nam

Update: 10:48 | 22/07/2021
France will continue to support and assist Viet Nam in dealing with difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as promoting bilateral relations in many fields, including economic cooperation, education and training, and health care, a French Senator has said.
French parliamentarians vow to continue support, assistance to Vietnam
Đại sứ Việt Nam tại Pháp Đinh Toàn Thắng và Chủ tịch Nhóm nghị sỹ Hữu nghị Pháp-Việt Nam tại Thượng viện Pháp bà Catherine Deroche.

Catherine Deroche, Chairwoman of France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in the Senate of France, made the statement during her reception on July 20 for the newly-appointed Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang.

Deroche expressed her interest in and sympathy with Viet Nam’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that the country has been facing.

She also reaffirmed France's strategic support to Viet Nam in calling for respect for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the right to freedom of navigation in the East Sea.

On this occasion, Deroche asked the ambassador to convey an invitation to the Viet Nam-France Friendship Parliamentarians' Group to pay a working visit to France, considering it an opportunity to further develop the bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries.

For his part, Thang thanked Deroche and France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians Group for actively coordinating in organising activities regarding Viet Nam in the Senate in the past time, supporting the enhancement of relations between the National Assembly of Viet Nam and the French Senate, and promoting relations between localities of the two countries as well as contributing to consolidating the Viet Nam-France strategic partnership.

The Ambassador also expressed his hope that the France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group will keep on assisting Viet Nam in bilateral relations as well as in the Viet Nam-EU relationship, and promote the ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).

During the meeting, Thang and Deroche reviewed the cooperation between the two countries in the past time and highly appreciated the recent online conversations between leaders of the two countries, considering them as important milestones in creating momentum for the development of Viet Nam-France relations.

The two sides agreed to continue coordinating in organising joint activities, making efforts to promote the exchange of high-level visits and delegations between the National Assembly of Viet Nam and the French Senate, and prepare for the 12th Viet Nam-France locality cooperation conference slated to be held in Ha Noi in 2022.

The France-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group in the French Senate, which consists of 30 members, is one of the largest friendship groups with countries in France. The members of the group have carried out many valuable activities to support Viet Nam.

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(Source: VNA)