Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance on the Ukraine issue in talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
On the morning of April 13, 2022, at the Government Guest House, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son held talks with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly on the occasion of his official visit to Vietnam from April 12-14.
Minister Bui Thanh Son welcomed Ms. Mélanie Joly’s first visit to Vietnam as Canada’s Foreign Minister, contributing to strengthening the Vietnam-Canada relationship in general and between the two foreign ministries in particular. The Minister emphasized that the visit is also of special significance as it takes place on the occasion of the two countries’ 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Comprehensive Partnership (2017-2022).
Minister Mélanie Joly affirmed that Canada attaches great importance to relations with Vietnam and wishes to expand cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economic and trade cooperation, and agreed on measures to promote trade cooperation. trade, especially between businesses of the two countries; At the same time, he affirmed that he would strengthen cooperation and support Vietnam to respond to climate change and fulfill its commitments at COP-26.
The two ministers agreed to evaluate the relationship Vietnam – Canada continued to be consolidated and actively developed in many fields. Bilateral trade turnover will reach more than 6 billion USD in 2021, an increase of nearly 19% compared to 2020, despite many difficulties and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooperation in development, education – training, response to climate change and epidemics continues to be strengthened.
The two sides exchanged measures to further deepen the two countries’ relations, towards the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (1973-2023). Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested the two sides continue to promote exchange of delegations at all levels, soon resume bilateral dialogue mechanisms; make the most of the opportunities from the implementation of the CPTPP, suggest that Canada continue to open the market for Vietnamese goods and agricultural products as well as strengthen support for Vietnam’s early recovery and socio-economic development after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Bui Thanh Son also suggested that Canada soon recognize it Vietnam’s vaccine passportcreating conditions for the Vietnamese community in Canada to settle down to live, study and work.
The two Ministers also exchanged views on international and regional situations of mutual concern. Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides affirmed to uphold the observance of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982; agreed to continue working closely at regional and international multilateral forums such as the United Nations, APEC, ASEAN, and the Francophonie Francophonie.
About the problem UkraineMinister Bui Thanh Son affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance, which steadfastly supports the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means on the basis of respect for the United Nations Charter and fundamental principles. version of international law.
Vietnam calls for an immediate end to the use of force, causing casualties and damage to civilians, essential infrastructure, and ensuring the safety of civilians, including Vietnamese in Ukraine.
Vietnam stands ready to make active contributions to humanitarian assistance, diplomatic processes, dialogue and negotiations, as well as reconstruction and rehabilitation in Ukraine.