Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Source thestar.com)

Hanoi (VNA) -
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Hanoi on November 8 to start his two-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The visit takes place at a time when Vietnam – Canada relations are growing robustly and producing mutual benefits across sectors.
 
 
The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1973 and began exchange of high-ranking delegations since 1994. 

In September 2014, the Vietnamese and Canadian ministers of foreign affairs signed a letter of intent on boosting bilateral relations. In July 2017, their first political consultation at deputy-foreign-minister level was held in Canada.

Vietnam is currently Canada’s biggest trade partner in Southeast Asia and a prioritised market in Canada's Global Markets Action Plan. Bilateral trade in recent years grew about 20 – 25 percent on average, hitting 4.1 billion USD in 2016 and 2.34 billion USD in the first eight months of 2017.-VNA