Truong Thi Mai, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation (Source: VNA)

Ottawa (VNA) – Truong Thi Mai, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, has expressed her hope for stronger ties with Canada at meetings with Canadian officials during her visit to the country from November 26-28.

At a meeting with Deputy Speaker of Canada’s House of Common Bruce Stanton on November 26, Mai applauded the all-round and effective development of the Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership.

She proposed several initiatives regarding investment ties between the two countries in order to optimise opportunities brought about by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), together with ideas to boost bilateral collaboration in education-training, tourism and health care.

Mai called on the two sides to support each other’s stance and viewpoints at multilateral forums, including Vietnam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure, and Canada’s candidacy for the council’s membership during the 2021-2022 term.

In reply, Bruce Stanton showed his approval for Mai’s proposals relating to bilateral cooperation in law making and supervision of the legislative body, economy-trade, security-foreign relations and the East Sea issue.

He promised to work to deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries across fields, including cooperation through the party channel, saying priorities will be given to such potential spheres as science, education-training, tourism and people-to-people exchange.

While in Canada, Mai and her entourage held talks with representatives of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), visited McGill University and had a working session with leaders of several universities in Quebec. They also met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Canada.

At the meetings, the two sides noted with pleasure the development of the two countries’ relationship over the past time and discussed ways to step up affiliation in priority fields like food safety, climate change adaptation, environmental protection and smart urban area development.

They also talked about issues of shared concern, especially the East Sea issue, and reached high consensus on the need to maintain regional peace and stability on the basis of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, ensure freedom, security and safety of aviation and navigation, and respect and fully implement diplomatic and legal processes. -VNA