Vietnam and Canada have agreed to further links in economics, trade, investment, science-technology and education-training, as well as regional and international issues, in a more effective manner.

The agreement was reached during Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son’s visit to Canada from February 28 – March 1.

While meeting with Canadian leaders, including his counterparts Morris Rosenberg and Peter Boehm, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Claude Carriere, Chairman of the Canada – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group and leaders of the Canadian International Development Agency, Son stressed that Vietnam values the development of a comprehensive, stable and long-term partnership with Canada .

He said he hopes the two countries will work closely together to celebrate their 40 th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, especially the exchange of high-level delegations and hosting of cultural, art and economic activities to strengthen mutual understanding and promote diverse cooperation between the two countries, legislatures and peoples.

Son expressed Vietnam ’s support to Canada for bolstering ties with ASEAN member nations and the Asia-Pacific region, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.

The diplomat suggested the Canadian Government and Parliament create all possible favourable conditions for the overseas Vietnamese community to integrate into the host society while actively contributing to friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The Canadian side pledged to promote the exchange of high-level delegations with Vietnam, deepen bilateral political, economic and cultural links, maintain dialogue to strengthen mutual understanding, and work together on regional and international issues of mutual concern.-VNA