Visitors at the photo exhibition (Photo: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – A photo exhibition featuring the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and France was held in Paris on September 12.

The bilateral historic relations were founded by late President Ho Chi Minh who devoted his whole life to the national independence and freedom as well as contributed to the global peace, justice, liberation and equality.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son recalled the challenging path that Vietnamese people overcame after President Ho Chi Minh red the Declaration of Independence to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945.

The diplomat said Vietnam has confirmed its position in the region and the world over the past 71 years to become a reliable, active and responsible partner of the international community.

He added that the country will push ahead with Doi Moi (renewal) policies as set at the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

He described the official visit to Vietnam by French President Francois Hollande from September 6-7 as a significant event to promote the two countries’ relations and usher in a new chapter for the development of bilateral strategic partnership established in 2013.

Senator Catherine Deroche, President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, told Vietnam News Agency correspondents that she was confident in Vietnam’s vigorous development in the future.

She said she has visited Vietnam five times since 2003 and often got surprised at rapid changes, especially in economic development and environmental protection.

The recent visit to Vietnam by President Francois Hollande has significantly contributed to realising the strategic partnership between the two countries, she added.-VNA