Deputy FM: G7 member states appreciate ties with Vietnam
Updated : Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:57 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamand Bangladesh are the only Asian countries to be invited to the G7 OutreachSummit in Charlevoix region, Canada’s Quebec state, from June 8-10, provingthat G7 member states and the host, Canada, highly appreciate Vietnam’s roleand stature. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the event - Source: VNA

During a meeting with thepress to announce the outcomes of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit toCanada and his attendance at the meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngocsaid the Prime Minister initiated ideas to foster global cooperation in responseto climate change, discharge of plastic wastes into oceans, and maintenance ofpeace, stability and respect for international law in waters, which werewelcomed by leaders and international organisations at the event. 

The PM held 14 meetings withleaders of countries and international organisations to raise mutual trust andunderstanding, call on countries and international organisations to supportVietnam’s run for non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Councilfor the 2020-2021 tenure, and attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 inVietnam in September. 

He held talks with hisCanadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, met Governor General of Canada JuliePayette, former PM Jeans Chretien, Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard,attended a dialogue with leading Canadian firms, and visited LavalUniversity. 

The two countries’ leadersaffirmed the policy of appreciating each other in the external policy of eachcountry and expressed their wish to strongly develop comprehensivepartnership. 

During their talks, the twoPMs agreed on measures to step up political and diplomatic ties,trade-investment, national defence-security, development cooperation,culture-education, science-technology and people-to-people exchange, as well asin regional and global issues of shared concern. 

Both sides signed severalcooperation agreements on science-technology, education-training and transportinfrastructure. 

Via the visit, the twocountries’ leaders created a driving force for the effective and practicaldevelopment of bilateral comprehensive partnership that was established duringCanadian PM Justin Trudeau’s Vietnam visit in November 2017. 

In the near future, the twosides will step up cooperation in seven priority fields of politics-diplomacy,trade-investment, development cooperation, national defence-security,culture-education, science-technology, and people-to-people exchange for thebenefit of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, cooperation anddevelopment in the region and the world, Ngoc said.

About the significance ofthe summit’s theme to Vietnam, Ngoc said Vietnam has a long coastline and ishard hit by climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta where tens ofmillions of people are suffering from the impacts of rising sea water andwidespread salinisation. Therefore, the theme of seas and oceans is not only ofconcern of the world but practical to Vietnam. 

The PM’s active discussionson seas and oceans at the summit affirmed Vietnam’s strong commitments andreflected Vietnam’s responsibility for fighting climate change and marineecological protection. On the occasion, Vietnam called on countries andinternational organisations to support it in the effort. 

As regards Vietnam’s roleand contributions to the event, Ngoc said the PM offered two initiatives whichwere welcomed by participants, including establishing an extended forum onresponse to climate change and marine ecological protection among G7 memberstates and coastal nations to share experience and facilitate technologytransfer. 

The PM urged internationalcommunity to establish a global cooperation mechanism on preventing plasticwastes discharge towards the goal of green and clean oceans, as well as supportVietnam’s initiative on a regional project for an ocean free of plastic wastesto be mentioned at the 54th Meeting of the Global EnvironmentFacility Council scheduled for late June in Vietnam, Ngoc said.


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