Vietnam, Canada hold first political consultation

Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Foreign Minister
Ha Kim Ngoc led a delegation to Canada from July 6-7 and conducted the first
deputy foreign minister –level political consultation between the two

During the visit, Deputy FM Ngoc also met with Assistant
Secretary to the Cabinet for Privy Council Office David Angell.

During the meetings, the two sides discussed
measures to promote the relationship between the two nations more practically and
effectively in the context that Vietnam and Canada are preparing to celebrate the
45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in August 2018.

The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of
delegations at all levels, including the preparations for the upcoming official
visit to Vietnam by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who will also attend
the APEC Economic Leaders Week in November.

Vietnam and Canada consented to boost cooperation
in politics-diplomacy, economy-trade, development cooperation,
education-training and expand cooperation in security-defence, climate change
adaption, science-technology, sustainable development, and clean energy and
renewable energy development.

The two countries pledged to continue building and
improving legal frameworks and removing obstacles in specific spheres,
particularly in trade-investment, negotiating and signing agreements on
investment protection, and facilitating agricultural product exports.

The two sides also agreed to pay due attention
to cooperation in culture, tourism and sports, as well as relations between the
parliaments, localities and enterprises, thus creating a foundation for the
long-term and stable relationship between Vietnam and Canada.

Vietnam highly evaluated Canada’s development
projects in Vietnam, while the Canadian side affirmed to continue providing development
assistance for Vietnam and helping the country implement sustainable
development goals, respond to natural disasters, reduce poverty, and develop
agriculture and rural areas.

The two sides agreed to continue exchanging
views on promoting and ensuring human rights as well as the rights of women and
ethnic minority groups.

Vietnam and Canada consented to coordinate closely
and effectively and support each other at international and regional
organisations and at multilateral forums, particularly in the United Nations (UN),
APEC, Francophonie and ASEAN .

The two nations agreed to back ASEAN’s central role in the
region as well as closer relations between Canada and the Southeast Asian and
Asia-Pacific regions for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the
region and the world.

The two sides also discussed international and
regional issues of mutual concern and shared the stance on supporting the settlement
of territorial disputes through peaceful measures, including dialogues and
diplomatic and legal processes, respecting international law, particularly the
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), and implementing
the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), towards
the finalisation of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.-VNA

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