French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary, who took office on September 12 this year, has announced that he will focus on four fields during his term to further strengthen the France-Vietnam relationship.
The four prioritized fields will be economic ties, military cooperation, fight against climate change, and promoting the French image to the Vietnamese youth.
France will boost economic links with Vietnam thanks to the latter’s bright outlook and wants to have greater access to the ASEAN
market through Vietnam, the ambassador said at a press meeting in Hanoi
on October 20.
He expressed hope that more Vietnamese companies will do business in France and more landmark deals would be signed between enterprises of both countries like those inked during President Hollande’s Vietnam visit last month.
“Economic cooperation needs to reach new highs to match the good and deep relations between the two countries,” he stressed.
Military cooperation will also be on the top of his to-do list. France will help Vietnam train officers and support the latter in the UN peacekeeping missions.
The European country is capable of helping Vietnam upgrade its army. “The two sides are negotiating several projects. I hopes concrete outcomes will be announced soon,” the French ambassador tipped.
The ambassador stated that France will further assist Vietnam in tackling climate change through the Agence Française de Development (AFD). Between 2006 and 2015, AFD carried out 17 projects in Vietnam with total capital of 525 million euros.
The fourth priority will be given to bringing the French culture nearer to Vietnamese young people through cultural exchanges and French language teaching.
The French embassy will work to make France more attractive to Vietnamese students, he added.
There are around 7,000 Vietnamese students in France, forming the second largest Asian student community in the European country, the ambassador said.