Party and State leader receives French Prime Minister hinh anh 1Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Hanoi on November 2 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has always considered France a leading partner in Europe and the world, Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong told French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

During his reception in Hanoi on November 2 for the French PM, Trong expressed his pleasure at the positive development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and France in recent years, while applauding the two sides’ efforts to promote and maintain their strategic partnership through various mechanisms and cooperation forms.

The host hoped the two sides will actively coordinate to realise the recently signed agreements, make joint efforts to maintain the positive momentum of the bilateral relations, and closely coordinate at multilateral forums, thus contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

He said that political trust and comprehensive cooperation across various fields between the two countries are not only based on objective needs, but also in accordance with the basic interests of the two countries.

The Vietnamese Party and State leader suggested the two sides facilitate the development of their community in each country, adding that this will be an important bridge towards bringing bilateral relations closer.  

For his part, Edouard Philippe expressed his pleasure at meeting with the Vietnamese leader, while congratulating Trong on his election as State President.

PM Philippe conveyed that he was glad to be able to visit Vietnam – an important partner to his country in Asia – especially as the year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, and the five years since they signed the strategic partnership.

The French PM expressed his impression with Vietnam’s vigorous and vital development, highlighting the fruitful expansion of their bilateral relations in recent years.

He said he hopes the two sides will further promote their cooperation in an effective manner across all fields in the time ahead, especially in the context of complicated global issues.–VNA