Prime Minister’s trip to Canada enhances Vietnam’s position
Updated : Tuesday, June 12, 2018 4:25 PM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Hanoi on June 11, concluding his trip toCanada to attend the G7 Outreach Summit from June 8-10 and for a visit ofCanada at the invitation of his Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (middle, second row)

The trip has affirmedVietnam’s proactive efforts and high sense of responsibility for addressingglobal challenges and created more impetus for the Vietnam-Canada bilateralcomprehensive partnership. 

It was the second time theVietnamese PM has attended an expanded G7 summit, with the first time in2006. 

What is different this timeis that Vietnam was invited to the summit as an independent nation, not asrepresentative of an organisation or a group of regional countries, provingthat Canada appreciates and wants to foster ties with Vietnam. It alsodemonstrated that G7 member states highly value Vietnam’s role, prestige andinternational stature. 

With topics of sustainabledevelopment, gender equality, women’s role, and seas and oceans, the summitdelivered a message of enhancing regional and global cooperation in protectingsea and ocean ecological environment. 

Along with supportingCanada’s initiatives, Vietnam proposed its own ideas to strengthen globalcollaboration in the fight against plastic waste discharge into oceans andgender equality promotion amidst climate change response. 

In his speech to the summit,PM Phuc suggested establishing an expanded cooperation mechanism between G7member states and coastal nations to respond to climate change, rising seawaterand protect marine ecological system. 

He also urged G7 countriesto launch a global cooperation mechanism to reduce plastic wastes. 

Deputy Foreign Minister HaKim Ngoc said initiatives proposed by PM Phuc were welcomed by G7 nations andinternational organisations, and also marked Vietnam and the PM’s imprint onthe important event. 

As Vietnam is one of thecountries hardest hit by climate change and rising sea water, the PM affirmedVietnam’s commitment to joining global efforts to soon realise the Paris Agreementreached at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

On the sidelines of theevent, PM Phuc held bilateral meetings with leaders of many countries andinternational organisations such as the PMs of Japan, Norway, Bangladesh,Italy; the Presidents of France, Argentina, Haiti, Senegal, South Africa; theWorld Bank President, the General Director of the International Monetary Fundand the United Nations Secretary General. 

During the meetings, theVietnamese Government leader discussed measures to enhance trust, extendcooperation between Vietnam and those countries, especially in economy, tradeand investment. 

Along with the success ofhis participation in the G7 Outreach Summit, the visit to Canada by PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc took place at a time when the two countries arecelebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties andhave signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-PacificPartnership (CPTPP).

Less than one year since theofficial visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Trudeau in November 2017, the twoPMs have had the second talks on ways to reinforce and strengthen the bilateralrelations in all fields. 

At the talks, Trudeauaffirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of Canada in the region. 

He appreciated Vietnam’scontributions to the success of the G7 Outreach Summit, especially thecountry’s initiatives on cooperation to enhance response capability of coastalcommunities, support sustainable development of fishery, and protect oceanenvironment.

The two PMs agreed to boostties in politics-diplomacy, trade, investment and development, defencesecurity, education, training, labour, science-technology, culture, sports,people-to-people exchanges, and cooperation among localities.

They also exchangedviewpoints on regional and international issues of mutual concerns, includingthe maintenance of security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation inthe East Sea.

They advocated the settlementof any disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means with full respect fordiplomatic and legal procedures without use or threat to use force, and withrespect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Lawof the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) inthe East Sea, towards the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the EastSea (COC), while promoting the use of the ocean for peaceful purposes andmarine environmental protection.

During his trip to Canada,PM Phuc attended a business forum to talk to businesses of the two countriesabout Vietnam’s policies to attract foreign investment, train workers, andboost bilateral trade.

He emphasised numerouscooperation opportunities for businesses once the CPTPP comes into force. “Ibelieve that there would be a boom and a new wave of investment from Canada inVietnam that brings benefits for the two countries’ businesses and peoples”, hesaid.

During his visit, PM Phucreceived Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard and joined a working lunch withformer Prime Minister Jeans Chretien, Governor General Julie Payette, and someleading groups of Vietnam and Canada.

The PM visited LavalUniversity where many Vietnamese students are pursuing education, met withVietnamese community in Canada and laid wreath at the Nguyen Trai statue inEsplanade Park, which is a symbol of long-standing friendship and soundrelations between the two peoples.

With special milestones inboth bilateral and multilateral aspects, the visit to Canada by the VietnamesePM has created a driving force for the bilateral comprehensive partnershipacross the field and demonstrated the responsibilities, commitments andconcrete actions of Vietnam in addressing global issues.


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