The French National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee Elisabeth Guigou has confirmed that French President Francois Hollande will visit Vietnam in the soonest time next year.
She made the statement during her visit to Vietnam on December 16 when she met with President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
President Francois Hollande had planned to visit Vietnam in 2015 but he has been too busy in dealing with the terror attack and the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), according to Guigou.
At the meeting, President Truong Tan Sang asked for more efforts from both Vietnam and France to raise two-way trade above the current level of nearly US$3 billion.
He congratulated France on successfully hosting the COP21 and suggested the France National Assembly support Vietnam to intensify its ties with the EU and early ratify the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA).
Regarding the East Sea/South China Sea situation, Guigou stated that through the photos provided by the Vietnamese Defense Ministry, she and other parliamentarians acknowledged that the scale of the constructions by China is not small, exactly as Vietnam said.
She confirmed France’s support for dealing with disputes by peaceful measures with respect to international law and its willingness to cooperate with Vietnam in East Sea-related issues.