Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and his French counterpart Jean Castex. (Photo: VNA)

According to a joint Vietnam-France statement released on the occasion of the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s official visit to France from November 3-5, during their talks, the two leaders praised the long-standing and lasting ties between the two countries. .

Towards the 50th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations in 2023, they agreed to improve high-level conversations and meetings and to make efforts in the new period in various fields, including satellite and high-tech projects of strategic importance in strengthening their relationships.

The Vietnamese side praised the role of France and the European Union in the Indo-Pacific, as well as their strategies which affirm their attention to the region.

Vietnam and France have shared similar positions on major issues in the region and the world, including security, healthcare and sustainable development. In France and Europe’s strategies on the Indo-Pacific, Vietnam and the other ASEAN member states play a crucial role.

The two leaders adopted a seven-point declaration aimed at further deepening the bilateral strategic partnership and addressing global challenges.

They affirmed their solidarity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, stressing that Vietnam donated a large number of masks to France in 2020 and that France granted 2 million doses of vaccines to Vietnam this year.

Reaffirming their desire to strengthen cooperation in the face of common challenges, they underlined the important role of multilateralism in which the United Nations plays a central role. They also reaffirmed their adherence to the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the importance of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental rights for the development of each nation.

On the occasion of the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26), the two parties affirmed their will to strengthen cooperation and their determination to promote sustainable growth in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda of United Nations for Sustainable Development.

France is committed to continuing to help Vietnam achieve low-carbon growth by improving the Southeast Asian country’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

As the two countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of bilateral defense relations, the two sides reaffirmed their determination to create a new driving force for the relationship by carrying out several projects aimed at increasing mutual trust. They welcomed the exchanges within the framework of the Vietnam-France strategic dialogue and defense cooperation.

They pleaded for the continuation of the training of officers in France in the French language, with the aim of deploying them in UN peacekeeping missions in French-speaking areas.

Vietnam and France will seek to develop partnerships between the EU and Vietnam, and between the EU and ASEAN, within the framework of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy and France’s mandate to Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2022.

They reaffirmed full respect for the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes, by refraining from any act using or threatening to resort to force. They affirmed the importance of maintaining the safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in all seas and oceans, in particular in the East Sea, on the basis of respect for the principles of international law.

Both sides commended ASEAN’s central role in supporting dialogue, cooperation and international law. They expressed support for the efforts of ASEAN and China to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and soon achieve a Code of Conduct (COC). efficient and practical in the East Sea in accordance with international law. , in particular the 1982 UNCLOS.

France congratulated Vietnam on successfully assuming its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term and commended the close coordination between the two countries during the term.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they reiterated their determination to strengthen economic, trade and investment ties to support economic recovery. With this in mind, they will hold a high-level economic dialogue in January 2022 if conditions allow.

They underlined the importance of a full and swift implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which entered into force in August 2020.

Regarding urban transport, they underlined the importance of the Hanoi metro line 3 project thanks to a loan from France of more than 500 million euros. They promised to bring the elevated section of the metro into service by the end of 2022.

In the space sector, Vietnam and France wish to continue their partnership in the field of satellites and the use of satellite images in agriculture, hydrometeorology, the response to climate change and the prevention of disaster risks.

The two countries regard locality-to-locality cooperation as a pillar of bilateral relations. The next meeting on cooperation between Vietnamese and French localities in Hanoi at the end of 2022 will mark a new stage in the signing of new partnership agreements.

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