10:29 | 18/01/2017 Cooperation
On January 16 in Hanoi at the Government Office, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Alain Vidalies - Secretary of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, attached to the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations of France who was on a working visit to Vietnam.
At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh stated that Vietnam and France need to continue implementing the Hanoi Train Station-Nhon urban metro rail project (Metro 3) in a rapid and effective manner, contributing to developing Vietnam’s urban transport infrastructure.
Deputy Prime Minister Minh said Vietnam attaches importance to enhancing ties with France and wishes to deepen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership in all aspects, towards a long-term vision.
Deputy PM Minh highlighted progress of the Metro 3 project which uses France’s official development assistance, and described it as a typical cooperation project between the two countries.
He highly appreciated France’s policy to boost economic cooperation with Vietnam, saying France is a major European investor and trade partner of Vietnam.
For his part, Alain Vidalies said that the Vietnam-France relation has seen good development, and is built based on mutual trust. He said that the signing ceremony of a contract for the construction of a pilot urban railway in Hanoi on January 17 had participation of many French businesses.
Secretary of State Vidalies expressed his belief in the coming time, the cooperation between the two countries in various fields will be implemented by specific and practical projects.
Alain Vidalies also said the two sides have promoted cooperation in the fields of France’s strength and Vietnam’s needs such as infrastructure, transport and high tech.
He emphasised the Metro 3 project is evidence for the trust and the realisation of the cooperative relations between the two countries.
Vidalies said he wishes the two countries will create favourable conditions for developing their collaboration in civil aviation, health care and education in the near future.
Regarding opening the sky for flights, Secretary of State Vidalies said that Europe has decided to negotiate with ASEAN countries. The final meeting is scheduled for June in Brussels, Belgium.