Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee (R) presens a gift to Vincent Floreani, French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City at the ceremony (Source: baocantho.com.vn)

Can Tho (VNA) – A ceremony was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 15 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic relations (April 12).

Addressing the event, Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee said that during the past 45 years, the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and France have been expanded in many areas, including economics, culture, education-training, and science-technology.

The Vietnamese Government has always paid great attention to developing ties with France, one of its prioritised partners in Europe, he noted.

He also underscored that Can Tho has maintained and strengthened the teaching of French in schools, while adding optional subjects related to tourism and trade within relations with France to higher education training programmes.

Currently, Can Tho is hosting five French-funded projects worth about 5.3 million USD.

Vincent Floreani, French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City highlighted the significant meaning of the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic relations, which he described as a good opportunity to introduce French culture to Vietnamese friends, thus contributing to strengthening the solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between people of France and Vietnam as well as Can Tho in particular.

The diplomat pledged to encourage more investors, art troupes and tourists of France to visit Can Tho and seek partnership in the locality’s prioritised sectors such as infrastructure construction, transportation, health care, education and tourism.

France will also create optimal conditions for closer connection between the two sides in producing and exporting agricultural products to France.

Along with French food and publications, participants at the event had a chance to enjoy circus performances from Be Clown art troupe of France.-VNA