Minister Son, who is on France visit from June 5-6, made the statement during his talks with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna on June 5.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (left) and French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna 

It has been the first exchange of delegation at the ministerial level in the past decade, taking place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam - France diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

Expressing their delight at the sound development of bilateral ties over the past years, they wished to work closely together to elevate ties to a new height.

The two ministers agreed to continue facilitating visits and contacts at all levels in the coming time, especially between senior leaders. They also vowed to maintain cooperation mechanisms, including resuming the strategic security and defense dialogue at the deputy ministerial level between the two countries’ foreign and defense ministries, as well as conducting political consultations at the department head level between the two foreign ministries.

They were pleased to note the recovery of two-way trade following the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 5.3 billion USD in 2022, an increase of 10% compared to 2021, with still untapped potential. They promised to continue with the effective implementation of the Vietnam - E.U. Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Son suggested the French government back and push forward the French parliament’s early approval of the Vietnam - E.U. Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and urge the European Commission (E.C.) to lift the 'yellow card' warning against Vietnamese aquatic products.

The French minister expressed her appreciation for joint economic projects, especially the Nhon - Hanoi urban railway project, a symbol of Vietnam - France economic cooperation.

The two sides also discussed how to boost cooperation in climate change response, renewable energy, science-technology, education and training, and pledged to jointly hold activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.

The Vietnamese guest suggested France continue offering support to the Vietnamese community living here, contributing to upholding their role as a bridge between the two countries.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, they vowed to work closely together and offer mutual support at multilateral organizations and forums, especially the United Nations (U.N.), and advancing the framework of the ASEAN - E.U. strategic partnership.

Regarding the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, they shared views on ensuring peace, stability, security, cooperation and development in the region, and settling disputes via peaceful means in line with international law and the U.N. Charter, and respecting the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On the occasion, Son invited Minister Colonna to pay an official visit to Vietnam. The latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Source: VNA