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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Paris to attend COP 21
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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung makes a statement at the opening of COP 21. Photo: VNA

Welcoming Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation at the international airport Charles de Gaulle, Paris were Vietnamese ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son and staff of the Vietnamese embassy and representatives of COP 21 Organizing Committee.

While attending the 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had important meetings with leaders of the host country France including talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, meeting with French Senate President Gerard Larcher, President of the National Assembly Claude Bartolone, and National Secretary of the French Communist Party Pierre Laurent, and corporations and big businesses of France which intend to invest in and do business in Viet Nam. Though Prime Minister’s visit to France was a multilateral activity to attend COP 21, it could be considered as an official visit to France since the Prime Minister met with all top leaders of France on this occasion.

At the meetings and receptions, it is noticeable that both Viet Nam and France expressed their determination to enhance relations to live up to the strategic partnership that the two sides signed in 2013. The two sides agreed to increase high-level delegation exchanges and noted that bilateral relations have seen positive developments in recent years. The two sides agreed to continue implementing the strategic partnership and take several specific measures to strengthen Viet Nam-France cooperation in the future.

The leaders praised coordination of the two countries in multilateral fora which have helped Viet Nam and France enhance their international status. The two sides agreed that all disputes in the East Sea should be resolved by peaceful means, on the basis of respect for international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), ensuring navigation security, maritime and aviation safety for the benefit of the region and the international community.

Talks organized on the sidelines of the conference showed the political will of leaders of both sides to further expand cooperation between the two countries to concretize the strategic partnership that the two sides had signed.

Economically, both sides agreed that bilateral economic relations have developed strongly in recent years. Bilateral trade turnover was US$ 3.5 billion in 2014, and direct investment from France to Viet Nam was about US$ 3.5 billion. France is one of the most important European partners of Viet Nam. However, both parties maintained that this relationship is modest, and not on par with potential and expressed the desire to further promote trade cooperation between the two countries.

About exchanges in other fields such as culture, science and technology, education, both parties were glad to see that about 7,000 Vietnamese students and interns are studying in France. The number of French tourists to Viet Nam and Vietnamese tourists to France have increased annually.

Regarding tourism, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized that Viet Nam is a country of peace, stability and security and invites more French tourists to travel to Viet Nam now that they are given 15 days visa exemptions; Viet Nam Airlines has also equipped with the Airbus A350 on Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Paris route. These are favorable factors for tourism development.

The Prime Minister also suggested the French government to take measures to facilitate the visa issuance to Vietnamese citizens to visit France because at present many Vietnamese tourists wish to travel to France. France also has a large Vietnamese community of approximately 300,000 people, hence high needs to visit relatives in Viet Nam and France. In addition, many enterprises in Viet Nam have shown interest in the French market, and want to go to France to inquire into trade and investment possibilities.

In the fields of national defense, science and technology, both sides agreed to expand relationships. France will transfer high technologies to Viet Nam and actively participate in the training of human resources for Viet Nam.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung officially invited French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to visit Viet Nam. He also conveyed the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang to French President François Hollande, the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung to President of French Senate, and President of the French National Assembly to visit Viet Nam. The French leaders expressed their elation and promised to arrange to visit Viet Nam at convenient time.

During COP 21, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had a meeting with Secretary General of France-Viet Nam Friendship Association, met and had talks with representatives of the Vietnamese community and staff of the Viet Nam embassy in the Republic of France.

At the meeting with the Secretary General of the France-commended the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association, the Prime Minister hailed the Association for its efforts to increase exchanges and contribute to develop the current cooperation between the two countries and appreciated programs, projects and activities of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association to help Viet Nam overcome consequences of war, resolve issues of sustainable development and poverty reduction, organize practical activities such as the seminar “Viet Nam today,” and “Calling for respect for territorial integrity and peace in the East Sea.” Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his wish that the Secretary General and the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association will continue to make positive contributions to promoting friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and France and act as a bridge to help French and international friends better understand and love Viet Nam.

Recalling turning points in relations with the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association since 1961, he stressed that the solidarity between the two peoples is the foundation to foster friendly relations and boost practical bilateral cooperation in the interest of the two peoples. Secretary General of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association Jean Pierre Archambault affirmed that the Association will continue to implement more practical programs and projects, especially in assisting victims of Agent Orange and other humanitarian activities in Viet Nam while contributing actively to the cooperation between the two countries in general and between localities of the two countries Viet Nam-France in particular.

In cordial talks with representatives of the Vietnamese community and staff the Embassy, the Prime Minister highly valued the practical activities of Vietnamese overseas who are working and living in France and positive contribution of the officials and staff of the Vietnamese embassy in France in deepening practical cooperation between Viet Nam and France in all fields. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recommended the embassy staff to fully grasp guidelines and policies of the Party and State, support and protect Vietnamese citizens, constantly broaden effective cooperation between Viet Nam and France, be proactive and creative in their work and fulfill assigned political tasks.

Concerning COP 21, the Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung actively participated in the conference. At the plenary session, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made an important statement emphasizing that although Viet Nam is still a poor country with financial constraints, it has contributed finance to the common fund for environmental protection and climate change prevention. Viet Nam’s stance is to respect the differences in levels of development of various countries, meaning developed and rich countries which produce more carbon emissions must be more accountable than poor and other countries which produce less green house gases, and support financially poor countries to convert energy model, and invest in clean energy. This view was shared by a majority of countries participating in COP 21.

In his working agenda, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with heads of delegations of 24 countries attending COP 21. At the meetings, these countries highly valued Viet Nam’s active participation and commitment in respond to climate change. The participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the Vietnamese delegation was appreciated by international friends, especially the host country France for their practical contributions to the success of the conference.

Synthesized by Thanh Anh