|Ambassador Thiep (L) presents 150,000 facemasks to the Ile-de-France region of France as a donation from Hanoi leaders.
During a meeting held in Paris, France, on July 3, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France region, expressed sincere gratitude to Hanoi, while outlining her great impression of the Vietnamese fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
Whilst the fight against the COVID-19 remains long and difficult, Ile-de-France is one of the French regions to have suffered the most from the breakout of the global pandemic. Indeed, the assistance from the Vietnamese side has served to help the French region in their battle against the virus, Pécresse said.
She added that economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 period is now considered a top priority. Most notably, the regional administration plans to host forums on the environment modeled after the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and anticipates Hanoi participating in these activities, while hoping the Hanoi administration will share Vietnamese experience regarding economic development following the pandemic.
The Ile-de-France region and the Vietnamese capital have enjoyed close co-operation relations for more than 30 years, with ties between the two serving as a model of decentralised co-operation relations.
Also on the occasion, the administration of Hanoi’s Dong Da district provided Choisy-le-Roi commune in the Ile-de-France region with 30,000 medical face masks.