Vietnam, Canada want stronger ties

13-Jun-2018 Intellasia | Thesaigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau agreed to deepen bilateral ties between the two countries, especially in economic, educational, defense and cultural cooperation, the government news site reported on June 11.

During their talks in Quebec on June 10 (local time), both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in politics, diplomacy, trade, investment and development, defense, security, education, employment, science-technology, culture, sport and exchanges.

The two nations will step up collaboration in climate change, clean energy and high technology development, farm produce processing, and innovation, as well as in helping the Vietnamese community in Canada to contribute more to fostering Vietnam-Canada ties.

Phuc thanked Trudeau for having invited him to visit Canada and attend the Group of Seven (G7) Outreach Summit in Canada. The Vietnamese government leader also expressed his appreciation of the Canadian government and people for their support for the Vietnamese.

Trudeau said Vietnam is Canada’s important partner in the region and praised Vietnam’s role in the international arena and Phuc’s contributions to the G7 Outreach Summit, especially Vietnam’s initiatives on cooperation in boosting the responding capacity for coastal communities, developing fisheries in a sustainable way and protecting the marine environment.

Earlier, Phuc had separate meetings with other world leaders on the sidelines of the G7 Outreach Summit in Canada.

Speaking with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Phuc thanked the government, Emperor, Empress and people of Japan for warmly receiving State President Tran Dai Quang during his recent State visit to Japan.

The two PMs agreed both sides should strengthen cooperation in advancing their extensive strategic partnership in a more practical and effective manner across all fields and fruitfully realising the joint statements and agreements.

They also agreed that the two countries would soon ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), known as TPP-11, to bring benefits to both sides and the region.

Phuc took the occasion to invite Abe to the World Economic Forum on Asean, scheduled to take place in Vietnam in September.

Phuc also met Norway’s PM Erna Solberg discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation, and increase the European country’s investment in Vietnam, especially in fields like sea transport, shipbuilding, petroleum, aquaculture, renewable energy.

Phuc suggested the two countries collaborate in accelerating talks on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Phuc and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed their pleasure at comprehensive advancements of the two countries’ strategic partnership. France is now one of the top European economic partners of Vietnam.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperative mechanisms, accelerate dialogues on strategic issues, and enhance trade and investment cooperation.

Phuc invited the President and the PM of France to visit Vietnam soon while President Macron said he expects to visit Vietnam next year, pledging to convey the invitation to the French PM.

Phuc also extended his congratulations to Giuseppe Conte who has been appointed the PM of Italy. The two leaders vowed to continue bolstering the two countries’ strategic partnership both in depth and width.

Phuc thanked Italy for supporting Vietnam’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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