Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has pressed for stronger inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Vietnamese legislature and the Senate of France to back the deepening of the freshly-launched Vietnam-France strategic partnership in the time to come.

He said this should be made on the basis of agreements signed between the two sides when meeting with French President of the Senate Jean Pierre Bel in Paris on September 26 during his official visit to the European country.

The PM underscored Vietnam’s consistent policy of valuing the relations with France, the relations that are characterised by historical and cultural attachment, the time-honoured friendship and closeness between people and localities, the established mechanisms on across-the-board cooperation and similar stances on a range of regional and global issues.

He praised the Friendship Parliamentarian Groups of Vietnam and France for their active activities in both legislatures over the past time, contributing importantly to promoting mutual understanding between the two peoples and the two law-making bodies in general.

Senate President Jean Pierre Bel said the fresh upgrade of Vietnam-France ties to a strategic partnership level marks an important turning point, showing both sides’ strong determination and political will to deepen bilateral relations for the sake of both peoples.

He also hailed the Joint Statement on Vietnam-France Strategic Partnership as stemming from both sides’ determination towards enhanced mutual trust and mutual understanding, promoted cooperation, better governance, law-governed State, human rights, as well as concerns to further deepen dialogues between the European Union and Vietnam on the areas.

The Senate President pledged all possible support to links among localities in economics, education-training and people-to-people exchanges.

Apart from working closer on legal and judicial spheres, the two nations will stand united to push forward their two-way trade and effectively deploy cooperation schemes, especially in disadvantaged areas, both host and guest said.-VNA