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Vietnam & Canada establish comprehensive partnership

Released at: 14:19, 09/11/2017

Vietnam & Canada establish comprehensive partnership

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and PM Justin Trudeau. Photo: VGP

Two to work together in implementing partnership's framework while continuing tight cooperation at international and regional forums.

by Quang Huy

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a comprehensive partnership agreement at a press briefing in Hanoi on November 8, marking a milestone in Vietnam’s partnership with the G7 member.

The two leaders, who met previously at the G7 Summit in Japan in May last year, agreed to enhance cooperation for economic development and peace.

“The two countries agreed to set up a comprehensive partnership framework, a milestone in the two countries’ relations and momentum for a deepening friendship and cooperation as the two countries increasingly share many benefits on the bilateral, regional, and international levels,” Prime Minister Phuc said.

The two countries will cooperate in implementing the framework of the comprehensive partnership while continuing their tight cooperation at international and regional forums such as the UN and APEC, and with Francophone countries, as well as on regional and international issues where Vietnam and Canada share mutual interests, he added.

He proposed Canada continue prioritizing official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam, especially in the fields of poverty reduction, climate change adaptation, agricultural development, and sustainable growth, supporting Vietnam in accessing preferential loans after 2017, and enhancing bilateral trade and investment.

The Prime Minister also hopes that Canada will soon recognize Vietnam as a market economy and proposed it create more favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to contribute more to the development of bilateral relations.

For his part, Prime Minister Trudeau said that Canada would support Vietnam’s efforts to respond to climate change and promote sustainable development through the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

He affirmed that Canada will continue to facilitate the expansion of academic cooperation through the establishment of exchange programs among educational institutions of the two countries.

Regarding the East Sea, the two Prime Ministers agreed on ensuring the security, safety, and freedom of navigation and aviation, supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea, respecting full diplomatic and legal process under international law, and promoting the use of oceans for peaceful purposes to protect the environment and the marine ecosystem.

Prime Minister Phuc expressed his support for Canada’s engagement in Asia, while Prime Minister Trudeau said his government would not be too hasty in making a decision on the future of the TPP.

The fate of the trade deal has been left hanging after the Trump administration withdrew the US at the start of the year. Mr. Trudeau said that Canada is willing to develop trade relations but will not rush to push the TPP forward. His government will study the agreement to ensure it benefits the Canadian people.

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