Vietnamese, French legislatures agree increased liaisons hinh anh 1Scene at the talks (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese and French legislature leaders have pledged their utmost efforts to bring the two countries’ legislative ties to a new height by facilitating high-level visits.

National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and President of the French NA Claude Bartolone made the promise during their talks in Hanoi on March 18, which took place right after the welcome ceremony.

NA Chairman Hung thanked the French NA for its support in global economic integration, bilateral collaboration and Vietnam – EU ties, saying that it is decisive for the two countries’ development.

The Vietnamese legislature is aligning legal regulations with the 2013 Constitution, including those involving economy, trade and investment. The Vietnamese law always protects the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors, including those from France, he said.

He also proposed increased coordination across transport, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, science, education, health care and personnel training, thereby raising mutual understanding between the two peoples.

According to him, both sides should heed national defence-security links to maintain peace and security in the region and the world.

To deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, the top Vietnamese legislator said the ruling Parties, NAs, governments, and Joint Committees, especially businesses and localities, should strengthen exchanges and form partnerships in their strongest fields.

Bartolone, wished that the Party, NA and Government of Vietnam would continue reinforcing bilateral ties in political and diplomatic, as well as socio-economic and cultural aspects.

He also agreed to his host’s proposal to assist Vietnam in ensuring maritime security and protesting militarisation in the East Sea.

The French NA leader described the respect for international law as crucial to preventing maritime trade losses in the East Sea as well as undesired tension, and informed his host that the French legislature recently approved a cooperation agreement between Vietnam and the European Union.

Energy, water and pollution treatment are among France’s strengths and the country is willing to partner with Vietnam in these fields.

France will promote bilateral personnel training and stands ready to assist Vietnam in medical technology transfer and French language training, making it easier for Vietnamese students to pursue education in the country.

In the afternoon, Chairman Hung hosted a banquet for President Bartolone and his entourage.-VNA