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Vietnam-France relations flourish

Updated: 09:11’ - 06/07/2005

The Vietnamese Party General Secretary’s visit to France (June 6-9) had confirmed the two nations’ mutual desires to protect and promote their traditional friendship and bilateral cooperation, says a joint communiqué released in Paris.

The communiqué emphasized France and Vietnam’s awareness of the increasing role played in their relations by regional organizations such as the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Both sides affirmed their commitment to democracy, egalitarianism and human rights, and agreed to support UN’s reforms as well as peaceful solutions to international disputes.

The visit has also accelerated ongoing projects in tourism, transport, aviation, energy, telecommunications, finance and the environment, including the supply of equipment and technology for a natural resources and environmental protection research project, according to the joint communiqué.

The two sides agreed to establish a high-level consultancy council for economic cooperation based on the Vietnam-France Economic and Financial Forum, with the participation of the French Development Agency.

Regarding the millennium development goals, France reaffirmed its determination to maintain cooperation in agriculture, food hygiene, disease (especially HIV/AIDS) prevention, education, water supply, infrastructure improvement and production, and to respect the Johannesburg principles on fighting hunger and poverty and sustainable development.

Cultural exchanges between the nations should continue with a planned exhibition of Cham sculptures in Paris later this year, a clear indication of their value, along with the establishment of a French cultural center in Hue, and the organization of Vietnamese culture days in France.

The adoption of Vietnamese children demonstrates the French people’s attachment to Vietnam, but both sides must strictly adhere to the agreement on child adoption, signed between Vietnam and France in 2000, to ensure that this activity is not abused. The prospect of Vietnam joining the Hague Convention and France setting up a child adoption agency bode well for the future.

While in France, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh discussed with French President Jacques Chirac the political situations in their respective countries as well as international and regional issues of common concern, and considered ways to further enhance bilateral ties under the framework of “traditional friendship, long-lasting comprehensive cooperation and trust in the 21st century.”

The French leader valued Vietnam’s international role and contributions to world’s peace, cooperation and development, and reaffirmed France’s strong support for Vietnam’s early accession to the WTO.

For his part, Mr. Manh said Vietnam has always attached importance to its friendship with France, adding that developing ties with France is a high priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy in the 21st century.

The two leaders declared that Vietnam and France would increase cooperation within multilateral groups, including the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Francophone community.

As part of his official visit to France, Party General Secretary Manh held talks with Speaker of the Parliament Jean Louis Debre, Speaker of the Senate Christian Poncelet, and other high-ranking officials.

Mr. Debre said he believed the visit would help strengthen and further promote friendship and cooperation between the two nations. He also affirmed his Parliament’s support for the increase of development aid to Vietnam and further cooperation with the country, particularly in economic development, trade and investment.-

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