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Promoting French-Vietnamese strategic partnership
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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong; National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Nguyen Thien Nhan, Chairman of the People's Committee of Hanoi Nguyen Duc Chung.

During his official visit to Vietnam, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe visited the Presidential Palace; inaugurated the new campus of the Alexandre Yersin Secondary School in Hanoi; visited A1 Hill and laid wreaths at Dien Bien Phu Martyrs Cemetery in Dien Bien province; attended the opening ceremony of the French Medical Center and the French-Vietnamese Business Technology Forum in Ho Chi Minh City.

At meetings in an atmosphere of openness, mutual understanding and trust, the two sides exchanged measures to promote bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual concern; affirmed determination to promote bilateral relations after 5 years since the signing of the France -Vietnam Strategic Partnership (2013-2018) and 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations (1973-2018).

The two sides affirmed to increase the exchange of contacts at all levels, especially the high level, while upholding the role of mechanisms to coordinate and direct bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, defense, science and technology, culture, education and training.

Economic cooperation continues to be a priority pillar in bilateral relations. Both sides stressed the need to strengthen cooperation and accelerate key projects that the two countries are implementing as well as strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union (EU); encouraged businesses of the two countries to step up business cooperation in the field of French strength and Vietnam needs such as infrastructure, energy, aviation and space, health, science and technology, communication, response to climate change, and smart city.

The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in e-government development and modernization of state administration, a new and promising field of cooperation; intensify and expand cultural cooperation, affirming the determination to turn cultural institution of one country into a center of cooperation and cultural exchange in the other country, namely the Vietnam Cultural Center in France and French Cultural Center in Vietnam. Both sides agreed to coordinate to ensure the success of the 11th Conference on Cooperation between Vietnam-France localities which will take place in early April 2019 in the city of Toulouse, France.

The two sides expressed their wish to strengthen security and defense cooperation, visits of French military vessels to Vietnam, and assist Vietnam in peacekeeping activities of the United Nations.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining peace, stability and promoting regional and international cooperation, the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining freedom of navigation, aviation and settling disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means on the basis of respecting international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both sides agreed to strengthen coordination at the multilateral fora, especially the United Nations, the Francophone Community; continue supporting each other in boosting France's relations with the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Vietnam’s relations with the EU.

On this occasion, the two sides witnessed the signing, exchange of documents and agreements on cooperation between the two countries in many fields including training, e-government development, health cooperation, response to climate change, environmental protection, space, urban management, the provision of Airbus passenger aircraft, and energy.

Phuong Tra