Son held talks with first vice president of the French Parliament, Laurence Dumont, and held working sessions with French Defence Minister Jean Ives le Drian and the head of the Parliament's foreign affairs committee, Elisabeth Guigou, where Son affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy of independence, peace, co-operation and development amid diverse and multilateral relations and active international integration.

Le Drian asked Viet Nam to support France's participation in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM +) mechanism. He suggested the two countries draft specific measures on how to boost bilateral co-operation and present them at the upcoming France-Viet Nam Joint Committee on Defence, as well as a discussion on lifting French-Vietnamese relations to the level of a strategic partnership.

Viet Nam News - September 26, 2012