Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds phone talks with French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Presidents of Vietnam and France underlined the importance
of further strengthening the cooperative framework between the two countries to
respond to global issues and regional challenges, during their phone talks on
two State leaders particularly highlighted cooperation on promoting sustainable
development goals, adapting to climate change, protecting the environment, maintaining
peace, security, stability and ensuring respect for international law and the
1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed satisfaction with the development of Vietnam-France
ties, including the implementation of outcomes reached during the France visit
by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. He affirmed that France is among
leading partners in Europe of Vietnam, and suggested that the two countries
continue working closely together towards the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship and 10th year of their
strategic partnership in 2023.
Emmanuel Macron said he appreciates the steps of development in the
France-Vietnam strategic partnership, particularly the official visit to France
in 2018 by Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong. He reiterated France’s policy on
closely cooperating with Vietnam to further develop their relations.
The two leaders exchanged views on specific measures to promote
bilateral ties. They agreed that their ministries and sectors should maintain
existing mechanisms of exchange and push ahead with the joint work in important
projects and priority fields of cooperation, such as COVID-19 prevention and
control, security-defence, economy-trade-investment, energy, transport, aerospace,
environment, culture, education-training and local cooperation towards a conference on cooperation between Vietnamese and French
localities slated for late 2022.
Phuc asked his French counterpart to provide support for the Vietnamese
community in France so that they can stabilize their lives and ensure safety
amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
thanked France for backing the development of Vietnam-EU ties, especially in
pushing the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement, adding that he hopes the French
parliament will early complete the ratification of the Vietnam-EU Investment
Protection Agreement, so as to promote mutually-beneficial cooperation between Vietnam
and the EU in general and France in particular.
Macron spoke highly of Vietnam’s role in the region and the international
arena, especially the Southeast Asian country's success in performing the role of the Chair of ASEAN last
year and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council at present.
two leaders agreed that Vietnam and France should continue with their close coordination
at multilateral forums, particularly the UN, ASEM, the Francophonie, while
promoting ASEAN-France ties, especially now that France has become a
development partner of ASEAN since 2020.
Phuc took the occasion to repeat an invitation to visit Vietnam to the French