An art performance at the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Paris (VNA) – The Embassy of Vietnam in France organised a ceremony at the City Hall in Paris, France on February 16 to welcome the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet).

The event, the third of its kind held in the City Hall in Paris, saw the attendance of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, representatives from local authorities and ministries, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son, head of Vietnam’s mission to UNESCO Le Hong Phan and others.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hailed the culture of Vietnam, saying that it contributes to local diversity.

She spoke highly of the beautiful landscapes in Vietnam and expressed her hope to see the country again as Paris’s mayor.

For his part, Ambassador Son expressed his happiness on welcoming in the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) at the hall, which has witnessed milestones in the friendship between the two nations.

He hailed the host’s efforts to organise the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21).

He expressed his belief that the strategic partnership between Vietnam and France will be consolidated with respective political efforts and mutual delegate exchanges, such as the Vietnam – France senior economic dialogue in Paris, and a visit by President Francois Hollande.

He spoke about significant socio-economic achievements Vietnam has made in 2015, with the economic growth rate hitting 6.68 percent, the highest over the past five years.

Vietnam has actively participated in international integration, with the conclusion of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the EU and the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, Son said.

The ambassador also highlighted the significance of the 12 th National Party Congress, which took place in January this year. It marked a milestone for the 30-year Doi Moi (Reform) period.

Son also expressed his belief that the overseas Vietnamese community of some 300,000 people in France will continue forging its solidarity, contributing actively to fostering the friendship between the two nations.-VNA