The French language was honoured in Buenos Aires on March 19 with a string of cultural activities jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina and 30 foreign organisations on the occasion of the International Francophone Day.

At the event, participants highlighted the role of the French language in fostering solidarity, friendship and cooperation among nations for mutual development and peace.

They also spoke highly of the the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) for promoting cultural diversity, sustainable development and human rights protection.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina showcased a variety of books, magazines, photos and cuisines to popularise the Vietnamese people, country and tourism. The traditional long dress (Ao dai) performance drew public attention.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Argentina Foreign Ministry has coordinated with OIF member countries to celebrate the event and further the common bond among the French speaking community.

A member of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) since 1970, Vietnam has actively cooperated with other member states.

OIF groups 57 member countries and 20 observers. Members in the Asian-Pacific region include Cambodia, Laos, Vanuatu and Vietnam and observer Thailand. The OIF opened the Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific in Hanoi in 1994.-VNA