Chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Hanoi on November 8 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Hanoi on November 8, hailing the establishment of the countries’ comprehensive partnership as an important stride.

She said the Vietnamese and Canadian Prime Ministers’ issuance of a joint statement on the comprehensive partnership is an important stride and a necessary basis to promote bilateral relations in a substantive, stable and long-term fashion.

She took this occasion to thank the Canadian Government for its new projects worth over 43 million USD in total to support Vietnam to cope with climate change, ensure food safety and increase cooperatives’ capacity.

The host leader voiced her support for Canada’s foreign policy of enhancing connectivity with the world and the Asian-Pacific region and reinforcing ties with Vietnam and ASEAN.

Appreciating Canada’s contribution to the preparation for APEC events in Vietnam, Chairwoman Ngan said PM Trudeau’s participation will contribute to the success of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, promote regional economic cooperation, and help raise Canada’s stature in an evolving regional security and economic-trade structure.

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This is an opportunity for Canada to show that the country is an important and active partner in the cooperation and development of the region and the world, she added.

For his part, the Canadian leader affirmed his country treasures ties with Vietnam in its foreign policy, noting that on the basis of their sound relations, the two countries should intensify cooperation, especially when they have set up a comprehensive partnership.

At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on such issues as gender equality, women empowerment and children protection, adding that these fields should become their countries’ policy priorities.

They also touched upon some regional and international matters of shared concern. Regarding the East Sea issue, they expressed their support for the maintenance of order on the basis of international law, peaceful settlement of East Sea disputes, and full respect for diplomatic and legal processes and international law.-VNA