Vietnam, Canada hold deputy foreign ministerial-level political consultation

Thursday, 2020-07-09 21:40:19
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Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (C) co-chairs the consultation. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Canada’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Morgan on July 9 co-chaired the 2nd Vietnam - Canada political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level, which was held in the video conference format.

The two sides highlighted the fruitful development of bilateral relations, especially after they established a Comprehensive Partnership in 2017 and began implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The two sides agreed to further promote their economic, trade, and investment ties and to fully tap into opportunities from the trend towards trade diversification and differing supply chains after COVID-19, and in the context of Vietnam being Canada’s largest trade partner in ASEAN and Canada being Vietnam’s third-largest trade partner in North America.

The two officials affirmed the continued promotion of cooperation in security and defence, health, education and training, climate change response, clean energy development, and relations between localities in the two countries.

In the context of COVID-19 continuing to be complex and unpredictable, the two sides agreed to enhance the sharing of information and to create favourable conditions for the citizens of each country to return home safely if stranded in the other.

The two sides pledged to work closely at international and regional forums this year, as Vietnam assumes both the ASEAN Chairmanship and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.