Thursday, 15/11/2018
Strengthening Vietnam-France strategic partnership
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General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron. Photo: VNA

During his visit, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, met with French Prime Minister E. Philippe, President of the French National Assembly Francois de Rugy; President of the French Senate G. Larcher, received National Secretary of the French Communist Party P. Laurent, attended the opening ceremony of the new premises of the Vietnam Cultural Center in France, met leaders of some leading French businesses, Vietnamese young intellectuals, the Vietnamese community in France and visited the city of Choisy Le Roi.

In a friendly and sincere atmosphere, and mutual understanding, the two sides informed each other of the situation in each country and compared note on international and regional issues of mutual concern, especially regional security matters. Both sides hailed the development of bilateral relationship in the past 45 years, emphasizing the desire to develop and deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and France. The two sides reaffirmed their determination to increase cooperation in the fields of politics, foreign affairs, defense, security, economics, trade, investment, response to climate change, sustainable development, science, technology, education and training, French language, law and justice, healthcare, local cooperation, people-to-people exchange, culture and tourism.

To step up strategic cooperation and make strong changes to further enhance cooperation efficiency in all fields, the two sides agreed to increase exchanges and high-level contacts; appreciated the General Secretary's visit to France and high-level bilateral meetings and exchanges in 2018, and results of the Vietnam-France Annual Senior Economic Dialogue and Defense Policy Dialogue which had taken place in January 2018 in Vietnam. Both sides agreed to maintain regular bilateral mechanisms and expand consultation mechanisms, including the Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue between the two Foreign Ministries and the Ministries of Defense of the two countries; and boost parliamentary cooperation.

The two sides expressed determination to enhance economic, trade and investment cooperation, while stepping up efforts to enable their businesses’ market entry. The two sides reaffirmed their desire to strengthen long-term economic and industrial partnerships, especially in the areas of infrastructure, transportation, energy and outerspace; promote cooperation in the field of agriculture and fishing, adhering to international standards recognized by Vietnam and France; commit to create conditions for trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, while attaching importance to the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The two sides expressed their wish to enhance cooperation to improve the global governance mechanism for sustainable growth.

Both sides affirmed their desire to deepen defense cooperation in the strategic partnership. In that spirit, the two sides concurred to step up strategic dialogue and cooperation on defense, training of officers, especially French language learning, basic and specialized training and peace keeping operations.

Vietnam and France agreed to increase cooperation on environment and response to climate change, wishing to continue constructive dialogues to build a global environmental treaty. Through activities of the French Development Agency, France is committed to continuing supporting Vietnam's low-carbon and sustainable growth. Both sides commended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam and AFD to strengthen cooperation on green growth and response to natural disasters and climate change, particularly through the development of the Gemmes Vietnam Program and preparation for drafting the law on climate change.

Giving priority to scientific and technological cooperation, building on the Letter of Intent signed, between the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France on 5 September 2016, both sides affirmed to build a new framework for science and technology cooperation for common interests. Both sides emphasized the importance of research in the field of development cooperation, and hailed the role of the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD) in this field as well the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology Cooperation between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the IRD.

Sharing the view that culture is a key area in France-Vietnam cooperation, contributing to mutual understanding and solidarity between the two peoples, both sides hailed the renovation of the Viet Nam Cultural Center in Paris at as well as the establishment of a French House in Ho Chi Minh City; affirmed to support initiatives that promote Vietnamese culture in France. Tourism is boosted with the signing of a Letter of Intent on tourism cooperation between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.

In education and training, the two sides affirmed their desire to promote the use of French in Vietnam and in the whole Francophone space, especially through the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and other French language agencies. Both sides emphasized the cooperation model in higher education and research and supported the elevation of the French Vietnamese Center of Management (CFVG) into a European University of Management and hailed the negotiation to resign the Inter-Governmental Agreement on the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi in addition to strengthening cooperation on vocational training and modernization of high quality training centers in Vietnam.

Cooperation in the field of law and justice is strengthened through a commitment to implement the 2018-2016 Partnership Program between the two ministries of justice. Cooperation in the field of healthcare and pharmaceutical research develop with the two sides pledging to continue discussing doctor training and investment in pharmaceutical sector. Locality-to-locality partnership is seen as a pillar of bilateral cooperation, contributing to consolidating linkage and solidarity between the two countries and peoples.

Promoting regional and international cooperation, the two sides stressed the importance of the relationship between ASEAN and the European Union. Both sides supported efforts towards upgrading ASEAN-EU relations to a strategic partnership and encouraged greater EU participation in ASEAN-led strategic architecture. Both sides looked forward to signing and early ratifying the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the EU in 2018 and effectively implementing the Agreement.

The two sides highly valued ASEAN's role in peacefully boosting international maritime cooperation, emphasizing the importance of full repect for the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as peaceful settlement of disputes, non use of force or threat to use force. Both sides affirmed the importance of maintaining navigation and air security and freedom of in all seas and oceans, adhering to principles of international law. Vietnam and France desired to enhance cooperation and dialogue for connectivity in Southeast Asia in order to facilitate exchanges between Europe and Asia and sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Phuong Tra