General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher (Source: VNA)

Paris (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong met with President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher on March 26 afternoon (local time) as part of his official visit to France.

They were pleased to witness the development of two countries' relations in various areas, while speaking highly important contributions of the two countries' parliaments to strengthening friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations and peoples.

Senate President Larcher affirmed France attaches importance to Vietnam's position and role as well as the relations between the two countries.

He wished for the further development of multi-faceted cooperation between France and Vietnam, thus contributing to deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Trong affirmed Vietnam always attaches importance to the relations with France, and wishes to further intensify economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries, while expanding cooperation in other fields.

He welcomed contributions of parliamentarians to promoting collaboration between the countries’ localities, urging the two sides to closely coordinate to organise the 11th conference on local cooperation in Toulouse city in 2019.

The Senate President supported Trong’s proposal on boosting bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment, and wished to increase affiliation in French language training and promotion in Vietnam

He affirmed to accelerate the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement after the deal is signed, creating a driving force for economic cooperation between Vietnam and France as well as and other European Union countries.

At the meeting, host and guest discussed regional and international issues of common concern.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong conveyed the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Senate President Larcher to visit Vietnam at a convenient time. The later accepted the invitation with pleasure. - VNA