National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son hosted a reception in Hanoi on June 2 for a delegation from the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group led by its President Pascal Deguilhem.

Son affirmed France is Vietnam’s important partner in Europe, saying that the two countries are enjoying extensive and intensive developments in various fields.

He expressed his hope that the two parliaments will continue speeding up the exchange of delegations and the sharing of information about issues of mutual concern.

NA Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son (R) and President of France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Pascal Deguilhem.

Briefing the guests on tensions in the East Sea following China’s illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters, Son said Vietnam vehemently protests such acts of violation and is determined to safeguard its sovereignty and legitimate interests in line with international law.

Maintaining peace and stability as well as ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea are in the common interests of all nations in and outside the region, he stressed.

Pascal spoke highly of socio-economic achievements gained by Vietnam in recent years.

He stated that France highly values Vietnam’s efforts in solving the disputes in the East Sea by peaceful ways and dialogues.

Earlier, Pascal held talks with Phung Quoc Hien, President of the Vietnam-France Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group.

During the talks, both sides agreed to strengthen coordination at regional and international forums and raise voice to support each other in settling global issues, for peace and stability of the region and the world.

Source: VNA