France-Vietnam Friendship Association affirms continued support for Viet Nam
|France-Vietnam Friendship Association holds 17th national congress. (Photo: VNA)|
The AAFV held its 17th national congress and a ceremony to mark its 60th founding anniversary in Montreuil, on November 19-20.
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang appreciated the contributions made by the AAFV - one of the oldest friendship associations with Viet Nam – over the past 60 years.
He quoted Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during his working session with AAFV representatives on his recent official visit to France as saying that Viet Nam always keeps in mind the sentiments and valuable contributions of many generations of AAFV leaders and members to Viet Nam.
In 2019 and 2020, the association carried out 27 projects totaling over 100,000 EUR (112,000 USD) in 16 Vietnamese provinces and cities, supporting poor households, providing scholarships for poor students with good learning performances, and assisting Agent Orange/dioxin victims.
The AAFV said in its report that after its working session with PM Chinh on November 5, it sent a letter to France’s authorised offices showing its wish that the two sides will intensify cooperation within the Strategic Partnership framework and develop cooperation opportunities through the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, and France will ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement, and propose the EU remove its “yellow card” warning related to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing against Viet Nam.
In the time ahead, the association vowed to step up activities to introduce the image of Viet Nam’s nation and people, and support cooperation activities between the two countries.
Within the framework of the congress, a talk themed "Climate change in the 21st century and direct impacts on Viet Nam", a photo exhibition featuring Viet Nam’s dioxin victims, a lacquer painting exhibition, and another introducing Viet Nam’s newspapers and magazines were also held.