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    Vietnam treasures cooperation with Francophone community

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    Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has pledged to continue boosting cooperation with the Francophone community.

    The message was delivered by Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the celebration of the Francophone Day held at the International Convention Centre in Hanoi, on March 20.

    The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed that Vietnam , in the new post as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, will continue to make contributions to peace, security, cooperation and development, the noble goals pursued by both Francophone and international communities.

    The Director of the Regional Bureau of Asia-Pacific under the International Francophone Organisation (OIF), Patrice Burel, highlighted French-speaking organisations, associations, clubs and schools in Vietnam for their efforts in promoting the use of the French language in the country.

    He said the OIF and Vietnamese relevant ministries and agencies have defined cooperation orientations for this year, including the construction of an “intellectual house” in the former imperial city of Hue .

    On the occasion, the representative of the group of 23 embassies, delegations and the OIF based in Hanoi presented an award to Huu Ngoc, a cultural activist, honouring his role in promoting the Vietnamese culture abroad and the use of the French language in Vietnam .

    Vietnam is one of the founders of the OIF, which is now comprised of 68 official member countries and observers.

    The OIF has been maintaining cooperative ties with Vietnam , mainly in the fields of training, science and technology while also sharing experience with the country in other fields.

    French is spoken by around 200 million people around the world as both native and second foreign language.-

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