National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) receives French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always treasures relations with France and expects that the two nations will join hands in developing the bilateral strategic partnership more effectively and practically, said the top lawmaker.

While meeting with French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe in Hanoi on November 2, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said she was happy to witness the strong development of Vietnam-France ties, especially after the two countries set up their strategic partnership in 2013.

Chairwoman Ngan highly evaluated the French PM’s visit which takes place at a time when Vietnam and France are celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on the strategic partnership.

Having congratulated the outcomes of PM Philippe’s meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong, and his talks with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Chairwoman expressed her belief that the visit and cooperation agreements signed during the trip would contribute to deepening the bilateral relationship and enhancing their political trust.

PM Philippe said his ongoing visit, with the participation of French parliamentarians, ministers and Presidents of the France-Vietnam Friendship Associations in the Parliament and the Senate, aims to further promote cooperative and close relations between the two nations.

The PM highlighted the importance of cooperative ties between French and Vietnamese provinces and cities, adding that he is scheduled to participate in several activities in Vietnamese localities, including the inauguration of a French international school in Hanoi.

At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on operations of as well as relations between the parliaments and governments in Vietnam and France.-VNA