Prime Minister’s Activities in France

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Jacques Fath, Director of the Commission for International Relations and other members from the Politburo of the French Communist Party in Paris on Sunday, as part of his agenda in France.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) shakes hands with Jacques Fath, Director of the Commission for Int'l Relations on Sep 30
The visit to France by the Vietnamese government’s high-ranking delegation would help further strengthen long-term, traditional and close relations between the communist parties of Viet Nam and France, he told his guests.
Jacques Fath spoke highly of the visit, saying that it was of great significance, which will boost relations between the two countries in all areas.
The Vietnamese PM also received Jacques Maitre, President of the France-Viet Nam Amity Association.
During the meeting, the government leader said despite the geographical long distance, Viet Nam and France are close in terms of history and culture.
He affirmed that the Vietnamese people would never forget the French people’s precious assistance during their past struggle for national independence and their current national construction. He expressed his wish to further receive assistance and support from the French people.
Jacques Maitre described the Viet Nam-France ties as that of special kind and stressed that his association would make more efforts to consolidate the ties between the two countries. 
Meeting with Jacques Oudin, President of the high-level council for the Franco-Vietnamese economic cooperation, PM Dung praised him for founding the society of Viet Nam's French friends to boost bilateral relations and cooperation. 
The PM spoke highly of the recently first session of the high-level council which had worked out practical measures to promote the two countries' friendship and comprehensive cooperation. 
Jacques Oudin pledged to strive his best to contribute to strengthening the two countries' cooperative ties, particularly in economy, trade and investment. 
Meeting with Pierre Moscovici, member of the Lower House, member of the Political Bureau and Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Central Committee of the Socialist Party, PM Dung expressed his pleasure at the close ties between the two Parties for the benefit of the two peoples. 
PM Dung noted the fine development of the two countries' economic ties, particularly the trade and investment relations, over the recent past, stressing the two-way trade value has reach hit the mark of US$1.2 billion in 2006. France is now the largest European investor in Viet Nam, with 187 projects and a total capital of US$2.38 billion, he said. 
The PM suggested that the Socialist Party of France, through its political activities, continue accelerate relations between the two countries in all aspects. 
Pierre Moscovici stressed that France and Viet Nam have time-honored relations and France always gives priority to friendly cooperation with Viet Nam. He said that the two countries should further the exchange of delegations at all levels to carry out their concrete development cooperation programs. 
In the afternoon, PM Dung and his wife laid a wreath at the Statue of President Ho Chi Minh in Paris's outlying Montreuil town and met with the Vietnamese community in France.

Source: VNA

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