PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Premier of Quebec

Saturday, 2018-06-09 11:23:00
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets with Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard on June 8 (Canada time). (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard on June 8 (Canada time), as part of his attendance at the Group of Seven (G7) Outreach Summit and visit to Canada from June 8 – 10 at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At the meeting, PM Phuc thanked for the warm welcome he received in Quebec and expressed his impression of the local diverse and strong growth. Vietnam values cooperation with Canadian localities, including Quebec, placing it as a priority in the two countries’ comprehensive partnership, stated the Vietnamese PM.

Philippe Couillard welcomed the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation’s attendance at the Group of Seven (G7) Outreach Summit and visit to Canada. He said the establishment of the Vietnam – Canada comprehensive partnership in November 2017 is an important milestone in bilateral relations, serving as a drive to intensify friendship and cooperation between their localities.

Lauding collaboration between Vietnam and Quebec in recent year, especially in trade and education – training, PM Phuc suggested Quebec continue granting scholarships for Vietnamese students, supporting Vietnam’s participation in projects on climate change response, economics, and education within the framework of the International Francophone Organisation. PM Phuc asked Quebec’s authorities to facilitate the involvement of Vietnamese expatriates here in the local development and bilateral ties between Vietnam and Canada.

The Premier of Quebec vowed to continue promoting cooperation expansion and academic exchange via the establishment of partnerships and student exchange programmes. He pledged to create best conditions possible for Vietnamese expatriates to make contributions to bilateral relations. Philippe Couillard requested Vietnam consider Quebec’s proposal to set up a representative office in the country.

PM Phuc took the occasion to invite the Quebec Premier to visit Vietnam, which was accepted.

After their meeting, the leaders witnessed the signing of a joint statement on tertiary education between Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and Quebec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education.