The Party chief made the statement at a February 12 reception for French Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary in Hanoi, during which he said Vietnam and France have maintained long-standing historical and cultural ties and fine traditional friendship while both have similar interests and great potential for expanding cooperation in diverse fields.
The two nations celebrate 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and five years of the Strategic Partnership this year, Trong said, and underlined the need to intensify high-level exchanges and cooperation between sectors at all levels.
He congratulated Ambassador Lortholary on fulfilling his mission, serving as an important bridge for the further promotion of the Vietnam-France Strategic Partnership in the time ahead.
In reply, Ambassador Lortholary said his nation greatly values Vietnam’s economic development and desires to augment bilateral ties in the time to come.
The diplomat suggested both sides boost cooperation in strategic issues, economics, aviation, space research, defence, culture and youth exchange, thus creating practical imprints in the year of marking the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Bertrand Lortholary also wished the Party leader and Vietnamese people a great deal of success in the upcoming lunar New Year festival.