Vietnam hopes to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron in 2023, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said during a meeting with French Minister for Foreign Trade, Attractiveness, and French Nationals Abroad Olivier Becht in Hanoi on Wednesday.
During their conversation, PM Chinh also conveyed the greetings of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue to senior French leaders, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He expressed his wish to soon welcome President Macron and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to Vietnam in 2023, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic relations.
The premier affirmed that the Vietnamese government attaches extreme importance to the strategic partnership with France.
He asked France to create favorable conditions for Vietnam's exports, especially agricultural and aquatic products, and urged France to early ratify the Vietnam-EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) so as to facilitate equal and mutually benefiting investment relations between the two countries.
PM Chinh proposed that France push for the early removal of the EC’s IUU ‘yellow card’ against Vietnamese fishery products, in order to benefit French and EU consumers and ensure livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of laborers in Vietnam’s fishing industry.
Becht affirmed that French businesses have great interest in investment in Vietnam, and want to accelerate the implementation of key economic cooperation projects of the two countries, including the Nhon-Hanoi Station urban railway route in Hanoi.
The French official pledged to further promote collaboration with Vietnam in fields of France’s strength such as climate change response, urban transport infrastructure, healthcare, energy, aviation, and e-government.
Becht appreciated the role of the Vietnamese community in France, which he considers an important bridge connecting both countries.
He affirmed that the French government will continue to create favorable conditions for the community.
Olivier Becht's visit to Vietnam from February 28 to March 2 is one of many activities being held to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of the strategic partnership between France and Vietnam.
The visit aims to strengthen cooperation between France and Vietnam, reaffirm France's strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as strengthen France's economic presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
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