Joly’s visit took place on the occasion of the two countries Vietnam and Canada celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Comprehensive Partnership (2017-2022) and looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (1973-2023).
The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction that relations between the two countries continue to develop effectively and substantively. By 2021, bilateral trade turnover will reach more than USD 6 billion, an increase of 18.5% compared to 2020. The two sides are also strengthening cooperation in the prevention and response of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. On this occasion, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Government of Canada for providing Official Development Assistance to Vietnam from 1990 to present, amounting to $1.3 billion.
The Prime Minister said the COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam is well under control, the vaccine strategy has been successfully implemented, laying a foundation for accelerating socio-economic recovery and development, and safe and effective adaptation. , flexible, draw up a roadmap to be fully open to international tourism from March 15, 2022, consolidate and strengthen external relations, actively integrate deeply, substantively and effectively.
With a view to organizing activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2023, the Prime Minister asked the Foreign Minister to continue to promote cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of economy – trade . investment, security – defense, development aid, response to COVID-19 epidemic and climate change, protection of the marine environment, clean and renewable energy, digital economy, innovation, green growth, building a green and sustainable agriculture, training of high-quality personnel. It is suggested that Canada will continue to support and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural and aquatic products, to be exported more to the Canadian market.
The Prime Minister thanked and asked Canada to continue to work closely to support approximately 240,000 Vietnamese people living in Canada to develop, contribute more to Canada’s development and contribute to closer exchanges between the two countries. At the same time, we hope that Canada will pay close attention and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese students to return to Canada after the epidemic.
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly agreed with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s proposals on measures to foster relations between the two countries in the near future, especially to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023. Minister Joly said the visit is part of Canada’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy, under which Canada aims to further promote relations with a number of countries in the region, of which Vietnam is a top priority. †
Minister Joly greatly appreciated Vietnam’s commitment to COP-26 and confirmed that he will strengthen cooperation with Vietnam on climate change response and implementation of the COP-26 commitments.
She confirmed that Canada wants to diversify and expand trade relations with Vietnam, agree to promote trade cooperation, especially connecting businesses, support Vietnam in exporting agricultural products and eradicate hunger. poverty reduction; look forward to further cooperation with Vietnam under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and have asked Vietnam to support Canada in advancing the strategic partnership between Canada and ASEAN.
Canada wants to work with Vietnam to ensure food security in the context of many complicated changes in the world. Foreign Minister Joly deeply appreciated the success and contributions of the Vietnamese community and confirmed that he would continue to nurture and support the Vietnamese community and Vietnamese students in Canada.
The two sides also exchanged views on the issue of the Baltic Sea, underlining the importance of settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982; fully implement the DOC, towards a substantive, effective and effective COC; to guarantee freedom, safety and security of navigation and aviation in the Baltic Sea, based on the interests of all countries.
On the issue of Ukraine mentioned by the minister, the prime minister confirmed Vietnam’s consistent position on the peaceful settlement of international disputes based on international law and the United Nations Charter. in particular respect for national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Vietnam always follows closely and is deeply concerned about the armed conflict situation in Ukraine; call for an end to the use of force to prevent casualties and harm to civilians. Vietnam hopes that the parties will soon find a peaceful solution to their differences on the basis of international law and will take into account the legitimate rights and interests of the parties concerned, while ensuring safety, security and needs. essential for the people, while at the same time promoting humanitarian aid.
The meeting took place in an atmosphere of sincerity, openness, trust, equality and mutual respect.