|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) meets with The Speaker of the House of Commons, Andrew Scheer in Ottawa. — VNA Photo
OTTAWA (VNS) — Viet Nam and Canada will step up co-operation in several areas including trade, science and technology and education and training, senior officials of both countries have agreed.
The agreement was reached in talks held between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird during the former's official visit to Canada on September 29-30.
Minh said Viet Nam was dedicated to developing a comprehensive, stable and long-term partnership with Canada.
He suggested that the two sides increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, particularly the senior level.
He also proposed that Canada continues to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to integrate into Canadian society.
He lauded Canada's efforts to strengthen its relationship with ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region, contributing to peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region.
Baird spoke highly of Viet Nam's socio-economic development and international integration, as well as the leading role it plays in the region.
He said developing ties with Viet Nam was part of Canada's policy for the Asia-Pacific region, and agreed with Minh that the two countries should enhance result-oriented co-operation and maintain dialogue to deepen mutual understanding.
|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. — VNA/ VNS Photo
After the talks, Minh and Baird signed an agreement to boost co-operation between Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
Minh later met with Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, and thanked Canada for including Viet Nam in its list of 25 prioritised ODA recipients.
Paradis said Canada supported Viet Nam's efforts to reform the banking system, develop small and medium-sized enterprises, strengthen vocational training and ensure sustainable development.
Meeting with Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, Minh asked Canada to open its doors wider to Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural produce and recognise Viet Nam as a market economy.
Fast said Viet Nam was one of Canada's strategic priorities for expanding trade, education and development assistance ties. He expressed his hope that the two sides would work together to lift bilateral trade to new heights.
During a working session with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, host and guest agreed that there was room for both sides to boost agricultural co-operation.
Ritz pledged Canada's support for Viet Nam in bio-technology, genetics and development of plant varieties.
During his stay, the Vietnamese Deputy PM also held meetings with Canadian parliament leaders and discussed measures to foster relations between the two legislative bodies.
He conveyed an invitation from the Vietnamese National Assembly leader to the head of the Canadian Parliament to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Viet Nam next March. — VNS