Vietnam and France have issued a joint statement on the occasion of
the state visit by French President Francois Hollande to Vietnam from
September 5-7 at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.
French President Francois Hollande
and President Tran Dai Quang reviewed the guard of Honour at the
welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on September 6.
1. At the invitation of State President of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang, President of the French
Republic Francois Hollande paid a State visit to Vietnam from September 5-7. During the visit, President Francois Hollande held talks with
State President Tran Dai Quang; met with Party General Secretary Nguyen
Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairwoman of the
National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; visited the Vietnam National
University, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.
2. At the talks, the two leaders discussed on
bilateral ties and regional and international issues. They agreed that
the Vietnam-France relations have been developing positively in various
fields: Politics, national defense, security, development cooperation,
trade and investment, environment, climate change adaptation, health,
science and technology, training, law and justice, culture,
local-to-local cooperation, French teaching. The two leaders affirmed
the two countries’ resolve to deepen the Vietnam-France strategic
partnership, signed in September 2013, in all domains.
3. Both nations emphasized the necessity to further
strengthen all-level contacts and exchanges, especially high-level
visits and meetings on the sidelines of regional and international
forums and conferences. Both sides agreed to enhance the role of the
bilateral consultation and dialogue mechanisms, including the strategic
dialogue between the two foreign ministries and the two defense
4. The two leaders affirmed that economic cooperation
will remain a prioritized pillar of the bilateral cooperation. Both
sides underlined the importance of the annual high-level economic
dialogue in accelerating economic-trade cooperation between Vietnam and
France. The 4th high-level economic dialogue, held in Paris
in July 2016, showed that both sides need to continue developing key
cooperation orientations that meet the current requirements of the two
countries. Both sides welcomed the signing of the cooperation agreement
between the two agriculture ministries. On the occasion, Viet Nam
invited France to participate in the Vietnam International Food
Industry Exhibition in 2017 (Vietnam Foodexpo) as an honorary nation.
The two leaders also welcomed the enhancement of cooperation between the
Business France and the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE).
5. Both sides affirmed to continue creating favorable
environment for investment and development of economic and industrial
partnerships between the two countries. Both sides welcomed the signing
of the agreements between Vietnamese airline companies and French Airbus
Group, which lay foundation for developing partnership in the aviation
area. The two sides agreed to boost the early signing and ratification
of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). Vietnam welcomed the
technical and capacity-building assistance that France and the EU offer
to Vietnam to implement the EVFTA.
6. Both sides unanimously agreed to intensify
strategic dialogue on defense and continue cooperation in training,
military medicine, hydrography measurement, visits of vessels, military
equipment, as well as in peace-keeping operations. Both sides expect to
expand cooperation in security and safety of navigation and over-flight.
7. Both sides affirmed to continue cooperating in and
exchanging experience of fighting human trafficking, illegal migration,
counterfeit goods, high-tech crime, drug, and money laundering. The two
leaders welcomed the signing of the agreement on extradition and
agreement on mutual judicial assistance and administrative deal on legal
cooperation between the two justice ministries.
8. Both sides highly appreciated the development
cooperation over the past years. France pledged to maintain aid channels
for Viet Nam as the second biggest bilateral sponsor in terms of value
from 1994. Both sides agreed that development cooperation in the coming
time will include climate change adaptation, environment, renewable
energy, energy efficiency, training, urban infrastructure, and
sustainable agriculture. Both sides also agreed to foster the deployment
of prioritized projects, especially the Hanoi pilot metro line No. 3.
9. Both sides stressed the importance of
science-technology cooperation; agreed to continue cooperation in
agriculture, renewable energy, health, natural resources and
environment, space technology and satellite application research. The
two leaders welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding
between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and France’s
National Center for Spatial Studies.
10. Both sides committed to beefing up education and
training cooperation in France and Vietnam. The two sides agreed to
develop the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi into an
international standard one. The two leaders pledged to continue
coordination in French teaching and teaching via French in the education
system of Vietnam, especially bi-lingual classes, and agreed to
continue discussions on the establishment of Vietnamese language
departments at French universities.
11. The two leaders spoke highly of the two
countries’ cultural cooperation, which is a prominent in the bilateral
ties, contributing to enhancing understanding and boosting
people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and France. The two
countries pledged to create favorable conditions for the development of
the Vietnamese Culture Center in France and the French Institute in Vietnam. The two sides encouraged cultural establishments of the two
countries to strengthen the exchanges of delegations and experts and
deploy joint cooperation projects.
12. The two leaders voiced support for and agreed to
intensify cooperation between localities of the two countries. Both
sides believed that the 10th conference on cooperation
between localities of the two countries, which is scheduled to take
place in Can Tho City of Vietnam from September 14-16, 2016 will mark a
new development in the cooperative ties between them.
13. Both sides held that the success of the 21st
Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change in Paris and the signing of the Paris Agreement are the
important steps forwards to the fight against climate change. Vietnam
hopes to cooperate with and receive assistance from France as well as
the international community to realize its national strategies in this
area and the targets of the Paris Agreement.
The two leaders welcomed the signing of the credit
agreement for the water resource and infrastructure management support
project to help Ninh Binh, Ha Tinh, and Can Tho City cope with climate
change while agreeing to consider the possibility that France will join
“green projects” in Vietnam in the fields of solar energy, renewable
energy, ecosystem improvement, general multi-sector planning, and smart
14. The two leaders unanimously agreed to continue
sharing positions and coordinating in such mechanisms like the United
Nations, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), EU-ASEAN cooperation, and
French-language institutions. The two nations emphasized the importance
of consolidating and accelerating cooperation and exchanges in the
Francophone communities, voiced support for reinforcing the presence of
the Francophonie in Asia-Pacific and pledged to coordinate closely in
preparation for the 16th Francophonie Summit in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
15. The two leaders affirmed the central role of the
United Nations in maintaining global peace and security and in
accelerating sustainable and equitable development. The two nations
affirmed their respect for the United Nations Charter, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, and for their independence, sovereignty and
political regime. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation for good
governance, law-governed state, and human rights as well as for ensuring
that all people can fully enjoy their rights regardless of their
gender, origin, religion or gender tendency.
16. The two leaders strongly condemned terrorism in
all its forms, violent extremism and expressed their support for efforts
of the international community to counter terrorism.
17. Both sides affirmed their attachment to peace,
stability, cooperation and prosperity in the world as well as in
Asia-Pacific. Vietnam backs France and the European Union to take an
active and constructive role in Asia-Pacific and enhance cooperation
with ASEAN. France highly appreciates the establishment of the ASEAN
Community and continues supporting the central role of ASEAN in the
emerging regional architecture.
18. The two leaders affirmed the importance of
maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation
and aviation in the region. Both sides emphasized the importance of
settling disputes through peaceful means without using or threatening to
use force, on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN
Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Following the ruling issed
by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 12, 2016, the two nations
affirmed to respect the law-abiding principle in seas and oceans and
underlined the importance of full implementation of the Declaration on
the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), voiced support for efforts
to reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
19. The two leaders expressed their belief that the
outcomes of the visit would contribute to furthering the Vietnam-France
strategic partnership. President of the French Republic invited the
State President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to visit France.
State President Tran Dai Quang accepted the invitation with pleasure.