|Pierre Laurent, Vice President of the French Senate (Photo: Manh Ha)
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang reviewed the most challenging and longest negotiation in diplomatic history which ultimately paved the way to ending the longest war in the 20th century.
Mr. Thang said the 1973 Paris Peace Accord is now a part of human history and still retains its topical value after half a century, as it expresses aspirations for peace, national independence, and the territorial integrity of all peoples.
On this occasion, he expressed his sincere thanks to French friends and affirmed that the relationship between Vietnam and France has grown steadily across a variety of fields and over many generations.
|Speakers at the discussion (Photo: Manh Ha)
Pierre Laurent, Vice President of the French Senate, said that 50 years ago, many French people expressed solidarity with Vietnam in its resistance war against the US. He said the success of the Paris negotiations was significantly important to Vietnam and France.
“We’re proud that the long negotiations yielded results and this took place in our country. The Paris Agreement had great significance, ending the most devastating war of the 20th century. Vietnam's victory is of world significance for all peoples who oppose war and the struggle against domination,” said Pierre.
The discussion attracted French scholars Pierre Journoud, Professor of contemporary history, researcher Jean-Christophe Noel of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and Claude Blanchemaison, former French Ambassador to Vietnam.