VN, France dis­cuss ways to boost ties

Viet Nam News - - National -

HAØ NOÄI — Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Phaïm Bình Minh yes­ter­day held phone talks with French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius, which saw agree­ment on a num­ber of mea­sures to strengthen the Vieät Nam-France strate­gic part­ner­ship.

The two coun­tries will in­crease ex­changes of del­e­ga­tion at all lev­els, while ex­pand­ing co-op­er­a­tion in eco­nom­ics, de­fence, en­ergy, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, and cul­ture, with both sides laud­ing the suc­cess of the Viet­namese Cul­ture Year in France.

Deputy PM Minh also con­veyed an in­vi­ta­tion from the na­tion’s top lead­ers to French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande to visit Vieät Nam.

He also pro­posed that France ad­vise the Euro­pean Union to ap­prove a frame­work agree­ment on Part­ner­ship and Co-op­er­a­tion with Vieät Nam and con­clude the Vieät Nam- EU free trade agree­ment within 2014.

Deputy PM Minh said he hoped the two coun­tries would co­or­di­nate closely in or­gan­is­ing the 21st ses­sion of the United Na­tion Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties on Cli­mate Change, sched­uled to take place in Paris in 2015.

They also touched on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, in­clud­ing the East Sea is­sue.

Ad­dress­ing the ten­sions in the East Sea, Fabius said France sup­ported the set­tle­ment of East Sea dis­putes through di­a­logue and peace­ful mea­sures with­out us­ing force. —

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