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Vietnam, Canada agree on comprehensive partnership
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Vietnam, Canada agree on comprehensive partnership

The Saigon Times Daily

An official welcoming ceremony is held in Hanoi on November 8 in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau during their talks in Hanoi on November 8 agreed to work towards forming a comprehensive partnership between the two nations.

According to the Government news website, Canadian PM Trudeau started his two-day official visit to Hanoi on November 8 and will attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang City this weekend. 

His visit is aimed at upgrading the relationship between Vietnam and Canada, and laying the groundwork for stronger cooperation in the upcoming time.

After the official welcoming ceremony, the two PMs held talks at the Government Office, with the attendance of Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Nguyen Duc Hoa, leaders of Vietnamese ministries, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Ping Kitnikone and other Canadian high-level officials.

The forthcoming formation of a comprehensive partnership marks an important milestone in bilateral ties and serves as an impetus to step up friendship and cooperation at a time when the two countries are sharing common interests bilaterally, regionally and globally.

The leaders agreed that the two sides will have to work together to thrash out contents in the comprehensive partnership framework regarding politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, development, education, defense, security, and science-technology.

Vietnam is currently the largest trading partner of Canada in Southeast Asia, with two-way trade hitting US$4.1 billion in 2016, and more than US$2.3 billion in the first eight months of 2017, up 20% year-on- year.

Canada has 161 projects in Vietnam with total registered capital of more than US$5.1 billion, focusing on economic reform, poverty reduction, agricultural development and environmental protection. The North American country ranks 13th out of 112 nations and territories investing in Vietnam.

Phuc thanked the Canadian Government and people for support during the wartime and in the process of building and developing the country. He spoke highly of the role and contributions of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the father of Justin Trudeau, to the development of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Vietnam always attaches special importance to its relations with Canada, Phuc added.Phuc suggested Canada provide more official development assistance (ODA) loans for Vietnam, especially for poverty reduction, climate change response, agricultural development and sustainable growth projects, open the door wider for Vietnamese goods, and support the Vietnamese community in Canada.

Trudeau said Canada considers Vietnam an important partner and wished to foster bilateral ties and long-term cooperation.

He asserted Canada will support Vietnam in climate change response and promotion of sustainable development via the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canada will also promote cooperation in education and training with Vietnam by establishing partnerships and student exchange programs between the two countries’ educational institutions.

At the meeting, the two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern. They said they support maritime and aviation security, and safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea; respect international law; and promote the use of the sea for peaceful purposes, and the protection of the marine environment and ecosystem.

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