|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a meeting with Canada's former Governor General Michaelle Jean in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a meeting with Canada's former Governor General Michaelle Jean in Ha Noi yesterday.
Affirming that Viet Nam valued its ties with Canada, he said the country was ready to work with Canada to foster the relationship and make it more effective.
The Deputy PM affirmed Viet Nam's constant policy of participating in the OIF in an active and responsible manner, stating that Viet Nam could act as a bridge between the Francophonie and ASEAN. He suggested the OIF focus more on economic co-operation and plans to adapt to the rapidly changing global context, along with encouraging diversity in culture and language.
Meanwhile, Jean said Viet Nam was an important partner for Canada in the Asia-Pacific region and lauded Viet Nam's contributions to the development of the French-speaking community over the years, including the successful organisation of the seventh OIF summit in 1997, which marked an important milestone for the community.
She also shared her opinions on the future of the community, saying its policies should meet the requirements of its members, with more of a focus on promoting the role of women and youth. — VNS