President Tran Dai Quang (R) meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Hanoi on November 8 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit and his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week during a reception in Hanoi on November 8.

The Vietnamese leader said the establishment of comprehensive partnership during the visit is an important step forward in bilateral ties and will create a new driving force to lift Vietnam-Canada ties to a greater height as the countries share more common interests on bilateral, regional and global aspects.

The President spoke highly of new and practical progresses in bilateral links across trade-investment, development and education, national defence, climate change response and settlement of regional and global issues.

President Quang voiced his belief that the implementation of the focal content and development orientations clarified in the comprehensive partnership framework will strengthen traditional cooperation fields like economy-trade, education-training, science-technology, and development cooperation, while opening up many new cooperation opportunities in such potential aspects as security-defence, green and sustainable growth, and climate change response.

Lauding the outcomes of the talks between Trudeau and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, he said both sides need to actively implement the content of the comprehensive partnership framework so as to bring Vietnam-Canada relations to a new period that is more substantive and effective.

[PMs Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Justin Trudeau hold talks]

The two countries will mark 45 years of their diplomatic ties in 2018, which is an occasion for them to carry out meaningful activities to affirm a new level in bilateral relations. The two sides should maintain high-ranking delegation exchanges and set up new cooperation mechanisms between their ministries, sectors and localities, he noted.

He said the countries should expand educational cooperation to help Vietnam have high-quality human resources to serve national development.

PM Trudeau valued Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements over the past years, stressing that among Southeast Asian nations, Vietnam is the leading trade partner of Canada and has the biggest number of students there.
He affirmed that the cooperation tradition between Canada and Vietnam will surely serve as a foundation for the comprehensive partnership to grow strongly in the future.

He also said that multilateral cooperation will help to boost the relations between the two countries in the coming time.

Sharing the view with the guest leader, President Quang suggested the two sides step up cooperation at multilateral forums and international organizations, like the UN, APEC, and Francophonie, saying this will help not only enhance bilateral ties but also enable both to work together in seeking peace and stability in the world.

He said Vietnamese people always remembered and thanked valuable assistance given by Canada, especially late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, during their struggle for national liberation, and current support for the country’s nation-building effort.-VNA