Vietnam, France vow to put priority on economic cooperation

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Hanoi, Sep 6 (IANS) Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and visiting French President Francois Hollande said here on Tuesday that economic cooperation continues to be a prioritised pillar in the bilateral relations.

The agreement came during their talks held in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Tuesday where Hollande is paying a visit from Monday to Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two countries will highlight cooperation in key projects of infrastructure, energy, aviation, medical-pharmaceutical sector, environment, agriculture and food processing.

Hollande is also scheduled to give a speech at the Vietnam National University and attend a state banquet in the capital before he departs later at night for Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation documents related to mutual legal assistance, personnel training, agriculture, climate change, among others.

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On Tuesday, Vietnamese air carriers signed deals with French aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 40 planes worth $6.5 billion, Efe news reported.

France is Vietnam’s fifth-largest trade partner in Europe, with two-way trade reaching $4.2 billion in 2015, and is also the third largest European investor in the Southeast Asian country.



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