French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean Noel Poirier held a banquet in Hanoi on July 14 to mark the 226th anniversary of the French National Day.

Addressing the function, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son congratulated and underlined that since the establishment of the strategic partnership in 2013, two countries have made achievements across politics, defence-security, economic-trade and culture.

The collaboration has addressed challenges in security and the environment, he said.

Bilateral relations have been developed for years, the French Ambassador highlighted, saying around 7,000 Vietnamese students are studying in France and the country welcomed over 25,000 Vietnamese nationals in 2014.

He affirmed that the European country always create favourable conditions for Vietnamese tourists.

He said a number of French projects have landed in Vietnam and expected further Vietnamese investment in the country.-VNA