The event saw the attendance of Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Toan Thang and his spouse, Nguyen Thuy Anh, member of the Party Central Committee, Chairwoman of the National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs, President of the Vietnam - France Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, Ambassador - head of Vietnam’s delegation to the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Nguyen Thi Van Anh; first deputy mayor of Paris in charge of Europe, international affairs and Francophone community Arnaud Grégoire; and others.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (7th from left), other delegates and overseas Vietnamese at the event 

In his remarks, Ambassador Thang lauded the contribution of the Vietnamese community and wished them a new year with good health, success and prosperity.

The diplomat emphasized that the year 2023 marked the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties and 10 years of their strategic partnership. It also featured many events, activities and exchanges in all fields and at all levels.

The 12th France-Vietnam Decentralized Cooperation Conference, which took place in Hanoi in April 2023, was a typical example of closeness and diversity in their bilateral relations, he said, expressing his confidence that the close relationship between Vietnam and France in all fields will continue to bear fruits.

A performance by the Vietnamese Association in Mainz city of Germany's art club 

For his part, Arnaud Grégoire pledged that Paris will continue to promote cooperation in the C40 network, featuring nearly 100 mayors of the world's leading cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, to help the two countries' cities adapt to climate change in innovative ways.

Participants at the event had a chance to enjoy art performances by the Vietnamese Culture Center in France.

* On January 27, the Consulate General of Vietnam in Frankfurt, Germany also organized a ceremony to welcome the lunar New Year on January 27.

Speaking at the event, Consul General Nguyen Quynh Phuong reviewed Vietnam's outstanding political, economic and diplomatic achievements in 2023, emphasizing that Vietnam's foreign relations are increasingly expanding and its prestige in the international arena is improving.

She said that the relationship between Vietnam and Germany continued to deepen and become more substantive in many fields.

Germany is Vietnam's largest trading partner in the E.U. and the latter is Germany's largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN). Their bilateral trade turnover reached nearly 14 billion USD last year.

She underlined the contribution of the Vietnamese community in Germany to Vietnam's overall success, contributing to popularize the images of the country and Vietnamese people. The diplomat also called on the Vietnamese community to continue supporting the activities of the Consulate General, together looking toward their homeland.

Source: VNA