Vietnam is implementing a positive and constructive foreign policy, contributing significantly to the development of the Southeast Asian region, said Denis Rondepierre, member of the Central Committee of the French Communist Party (FCP).
Participants at the 37th ASEAN Online Summit in 2020
Speaking to the Vietnamese News Agency on the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Vietnamese diplomatic sector, he said that Vietnam’s official membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) in 1995 launched its regional integration process.
Vietnam has made important contributions to the development of the bloc, actively promoting the admission of Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia to the association.
Vietnam plays a central role in defining ASEAN development goals, guidelines and policies, and actively participates in shaping the ASEAN 2025 community vision, he said.
2020 was an important milestone as Vietnam assumed the rotating presidency of ASEAN, he said, noting that Vietnam prioritizes promoting intra-bloc cohesion and responsiveness to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rondepierre also spoke of Vietnam’s other successes in its foreign policy and international integration, including the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
According to him, not only in the region, Vietnam has also improved its position on the international stage by successfully assuming its role in the United Nations (UN).
He called on France and Vietnam to strengthen their bilateral cooperation, thus helping to forge economic ties within the framework of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which entered into force a year ago.
According to the French official, trade ties between Vietnam and France focus on a number of key sectors such as aviation, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, electronics and textiles.
Many French companies have established production and business establishments in Vietnam. The European country has so far had 614 projects with a total investment capital of USD 3.6 billion in the Southeast Asian nation.
Rondepierre said that France and Vietnam have increasingly strengthened their strategic partnership in recent years, including the fruitful development of the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two Communist Parties./.