HA NOI (VNS)— Developing relations with Viet Nam was of strategic significance to Canada, Canadian Deputy Foreign Minister Morris Rosenberg said yesterday.
Rosenberg was speaking during a meeting with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on the first day of his two-day working visit to Viet Nam.
Minh said there was a need to make greater efforts to increase bilateral relations through high-ranking visits, and giving priority to ties in economics, trade, investment, science-technology and education.
Minh also sought closer collaboration at international and regional forums and said he looked forward to the two countries celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
The visiting Canadian said he appreciated Viet Nam's role in the region and expressed his country's desire to increase ties with regional countries and institutions, especially ASEAN.
He also pledged to work with Viet Nam to strengthen ties to develop multi-faceted co-operation practically and efficiently.
Earlier, Canadian Deputy FM Morris Rosenberg and his Vietnamese counterpart Ha Kim Ngoc held talks during which they touched on measures to enhance bilateral relations in a wide range of fields.
Last year, Viet Nam enjoyed a trade surplus of US$1.22 billion with the North American country. — VNS