Paris Celebrates 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Vietnam and France

The Vietnamese Embassy in France, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Culture Centre, recently held a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam, as well as the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

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Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang speaks at the event.
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang speaks at the event.

In the celebratory atmosphere of festivities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France, which have taken place in both countries in recent days, the Vietnamese Embassy in France, in partnership with the Vietnamese Culture Centre in this country, held a ceremony on the evening of April 20 to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership between Vietnam and France, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

In his remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang highlighted the progress of the Vietnam-France relationship, noting that the two nations have increased their collaboration and communication in the midst of global uncertainties.

The diplomat emphasized the variety of meetings and contacts between France and Vietnam across all spheres and at all levels, including the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and former Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in November 2022, the phone call between the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the two countries in October 2022, and the recent visits to Vietnam by delegations of the French government and localities within the framework of the 12th Vietnam-France Decentralised Cooperation Conference.

Pointing out both the risks and opportunities that lie ahead, he suggested that the two countries should form a long-term partnership for the benefit of their people and cooperate in a comprehensive manner.

Cooperation for the sake of peace, stability, dialogue, and multilateralism in the world and the Indo-Pacific region, in particular, is an important task shared by both countries, the leader continued.

The esteemed ambassador highlighted the importance of investing in young people, as well as encouraging cooperation in education and training, in order to foster greater mutual understanding and inject new life into the close ties between us.

He encouraged Vietnamese and French allies to intensify their collaboration in crucial areas such as green and sustainable growth, for which both countries have made strong pledges.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (L) presents a gift to Benoit Guidée, Asia and Oceania Director at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Photo: VNA
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang (L) presents a gift to Benoit Guidée, Asia and Oceania Director at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Photo: VNA

Benoit Guidée, Asia and Oceania Director at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, highlighted the strong bond and mutual understanding between the two countries, which is demonstrated through high-level visits by their leaders as well as the various relationships between associations and localities.

He underscored that the French nation has always held strong feelings for Vietnam, adding that the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations has generated fresh energy to further deepen cooperation in all areas.

Performance of French and Vietnamese songs by the choir performed by students of Lully-Vauban primary school. Photo: VOV
Performance of French and Vietnamese songs by the choir performed by students of Lully-Vauban primary school. Photo: VOV
Puppet performance of the Central Puppet Theater
Puppet performance of the Central Puppet Theater

On April 19, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam, the French Embassy in Vietnam, the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, and the French Institute in Vietnam opened a photo exhibition.

Nearly 20 stunning photos on display illustrate the mesmerizing cross-cultural glances of Vietnamese and French professional and amateur photographers.

The exhibition will carry on until September 4th, 2023 at the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City located at No. 6, Le Duan Street, District 1.

Hannah Nguyen