Vietnam, Canada establish comprehensive partnership

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau agreed to establish the framework of a comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Canada during their talks in Hanoi on November 8. The talks were part of Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Vietnam from November 8 to November 9 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. 
This marked an important milestone in the bilateral ties, serving as a driving force to promptly step up friendship and extensive and productive cooperation at a time when the two countries have increasingly been sharing interests bilaterally, regionally and globally, they said at the meeting.

They agreed that the two sides will coordinate to realise contents in the comprehensive partnership framework across politics-diplomacy, trade-investment, development, education-training, national defence-security and science-technology.

They showed their delight at the positive development of the bilateral ties over many fields over the past years.

The two PMs in the welcoming ceremony.Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

PM Phuc receives his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 The two PMs at the Government Office. 
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The two prime ministers hold talks. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA

PM Phuc spoke highly of immense contributions to the two countries’ diplomatic ties made by late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, affirming that Vietnam treasures and wants to further its relations with Canada.

He said over the past more than two decades, Canada has always been among the top suppliers of official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam, and asked for the country’s further supply of this capital source, especially for poverty reduction, climate change response, agriculture and sustainable growth, and support for Vietnam’s access to preferential loans after 2017.

The host suggested Canada recognize Vietnam as a market economy soon, further open the market to Vietnamese goods and provide more support for the Vietnamese community.

Trudeau, who is in Vietnam from November 8-9, described Vietnam as an important partner of Canada in the region and wished to foster bilateral friendship and long-term cooperation.

He committed to supporting Vietnam in climate change response and promotion of sustainable development via the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The guest pledged to expand academic exchange via establishing partnerships and student exchange programmes between the two countries’ educational establishments.

Following the talks, the two PMs attended a joint press conference. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

On his first day in Vietnam, the Canadian PM visited the stilt house of late President Ho Chi Minh, and fed fish in Uncle Ho pond after earlier talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a banquet for his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Hanoi on November 8 evening. Photo: PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau (L) make a toast at the banquet. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visited the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange and attended a round-table meeting with Canadian and Vietnamese businesses in Ho Chi Minh City on November 9. The activities were during his official visit to Vietnam beginning on November 8. Photo: Justin Trudeau and the leadership of the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA

The two leaders promised to continue working closely together at regional and global forums such as the UN, APEC, Francophonie, as well as issues of shared concern.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, the two leaders expressed support to ensuring maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea, full respect for diplomatic and legal processes, and international law, as well as promotion of ocean use for peaceful purposes, environmental and marine ecological protection.

Following the talks, the two PMs attended a joint press conference.

Vietnam and Canada established diplomatic ties in 1973. Since 2015, Vietnam has become Canada’s largest trade partner in ASEAN, with two-way trade reaching 5.5 billion CAD in 2016 

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in Hanoi on November 8. He welcomed the Canadian PM’s official visit to Vietnam and considered it as an important milestone in the two countries’ relations. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

President Tran Dai Quang hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit and his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week during a reception in Hanoi on November 8. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met in Hanoi on November 8 with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is on an official visit to Vietnam.  Photo: Trong Duc/VNA


Insuppressible truth

Insuppressible truth

Since its foundation in 1945, Vietnam - a law governed socialist country - has consistently pursued the policy of freedom of belief and religion in order to strengthen national unity and to maximize national strength for the cause of country construction and protection.