Vietnamese Communist party chief meets Chirac

7th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - The secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nong Duc Manh, who is visiting France, was welcomed by President Jacques Chirac Tuesday for a lunch at the Elysee palace.

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - The secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nong Duc Manh, who is visiting France, was welcomed by President Jacques Chirac Tuesday for a lunch at the Elysee palace.  

"Vietnam and France are natural partners. France would like more than ever to be Vietnam's partner of reference. For that our economic relations must be further deepened," Chirac said in a toast.  

Nong Duc Manh evoked "the significant potential of a renewed Vietnam which is making rapid progress on the way of development and integration in the international economy."  

The party leader, who is on a three-day visit to France ending Thursday, met business leaders in the morning to urge greater investment in Vietnam. He was also to hold talks with several senior politicians during the course of his stay.  

France is Vietnam's former colonial power and the biggest European investor in the country.

© AFP

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