Party chief meets French Senate President

Tuesday, 2018-03-27 11:43:45
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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong met with the President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher on the afternoon of March 26 (local time) as part of his official visit to France.

They were pleased to witness the development of the two countries' relations in various areas, while speaking highly of the important contributions of the two countries' parliaments to strengthening the friendship, solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations and peoples.

Senate President Larcher affirmed that France attaches great importance to Vietnam's position and role in the world as well as to relations between the two countries.

He wished for the further development of multi-faceted cooperation between France and Vietnam, which will contribute to deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said that Vietnam always attaches importance to relations with France, and wishes to further intensify economic, trade, and investment ties between the two countries, while expanding cooperation in other fields.

He welcomed the contributions of parliamentarians to promoting collaboration between the countries’ localities, urging the two sides to closely coordinate in organising the 11th conference on local cooperation in Toulouse city in 2019.

The Senate President supported Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s proposal on boosting bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment, and wishes to increase affiliation in French language training and its promotion in Vietnam.

He committed to accelerate the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement after the deal is signed, in the effort to create a driving force for economic cooperation between Vietnam and France as well as with other European Union countries.

At the meeting, host and guest discussed regional and international issues of common concern.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong conveyed an invitation from Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Senate President Larcher to visit Vietnam at a convenient time. The latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.