President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Catherine Deroche (6th R) is welcomed in Hanoi (Photo:daibieunhandan.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Finance and Budget Phung Quoc Hien has called on the Vietnam-France and France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Groups to increase their exchanges of delegations and legislative experience, thus significantly contributing to enhancing legislative ties between the two countries.

At a reception for Catherine Deroche, visiting President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in Hanoi on February 23, Hien, who is also President of the Vietnam-France Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, noted with joy the fruitful development of the two countries’ relations in various areas.

The fine relationship has been reflected through the increase of delegation exchanges and bilateral cooperation mechanisms, as well as the successful organisation of the Vietnam-France Year to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, he said.

Hien extended his hope that Vietnam and France will further their collaboration in such areas as infrastructure, transport, energy, space aviation, pharmaceutical products and climate change response.

Catherine Deroche lauded the two countries’ cooperative outcomes in education, sustainable development and environmental protection.

She hailed Vietnam’s commitments to cutting emissions as stated at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris last year.

The France-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Group will work to accelerate the ratification and official signing of a free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam, contributing to fostering multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and France, as well as the EU.-VNA