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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended G7 Outreach Summit and visited Canada
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other leaders attend the G7 Outreach Summit

Participation in the G7 Outreach Summit

The G7 Outreach Summit had the themes of sustainable development, gender equality and the role of women, especially the maritime and ocean issues. The G7 Outreach Summit looked into pollution and unsustainable exploitation of marine resources which remain global challenges threatening sustainable development of the entire planet, firstly coastal nations; and called for stronger global and regional cooperation in protecting the marine economy for green oceans and planet. Most of the participating leaders affirmed their commitments to implementing the Paris Agreement, and exchanged initiatives, visions and measures to enhance the capacity for climate change response and adaptation, promote mechanisms dealing with maritime issues on the basis of international law.

Addressing the G7 Outreach Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a strong statement on the importance of enhancing international cooperation in climate change response; initiated the establishment of an "Extensive Cooperation Forum between the G7 and Coastal Countries in response to climate change, sea level rise and protection of the marine ecosystem."

The Prime Minister also suggested the G7 work on establishing a Global Mechanism on Plastic Waste Reduction with joint actions from all relevant countries for an ever-blue oceans full of fish and shrimps and free from plastic, serving as valuable assets for future generations.

Clearly stating that Viet Nam is among the countries worst affected by climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather, the Prime Minister affirmed that Vietnam has adopted a development strategy to vigorously promote maritime economy in parallel with protecting maritime environment and ecosystem and the country’s viewpoint is not exchanging the environment for economic growth, and determinedly preventing waste release that pollutes the marine environment. He affirmed Vietnam is committed to joining the international community in early translating the Paris Agreement into reality.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the goal of green oceans can only be achieved when peace, stability and cooperation are maintained across oceans. Accordingly, it is a need to ensure security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, peacefully resolve disputes on the basis of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and respect diplomatic and legal processes to consolidate regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.

While attending the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held bilateral meetings with most of the G7 leaders, representatives of countries and international organizations attending the G7 Summit, such as the Prime Ministers of Japan, Norway, Bangladesh and Italy; Presidents of France, Argentina, Haiti, Senegal, and South Africa. He received the General Director of the World Bank, the Director-General of the International Monetary Fund and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The fact that Vietnam is invited to attend the G7 Outreach Summit in 2018 (the second time after the G7 Outreach Summit in Japan in 2016 and the G20 meeting in Germany in July 2017) shows that the international community continues to positively value Vietnam's role, position and responsible contributions to issues of global and regional concern.

Visit to Canada

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's visit to Canada took place on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries (1973-2018). Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, met with Governor-General of Canada, received the Quebec Premier; visited the monument dedicated to Nguyen Trai in Quebec; met with and held dialogues with Canadian businesses; visited the Laval University, the oldest university in Canada and attended a demonstration of new ideas for "smart technology for the future" for 4G, and 5G generations; met the Vietnamese community in Canada. The Prime Minister also attended a working lunch hosted by former Canadian Prime Minister Jeans Chretien and Canadian Governor General Julie Payette, along with leaders of several leading Canadian and Vietnamese corporations.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed and agreed on measures to promote political-diplomatic relations; trade, investment and development; national defense, security, education, training, labor, science and technology, culture, sports, people exchange and local relations. The two leaders agreed to take measures to facilitate trade and investment and development assistance and coordinate the implementation of the CPTPP; cooperate in security and defense, anti-terrorism, cyber security, participation in peacekeeping forces; facilitate Vietnamese students to study in Canada and facilitate Canada to set up a representative office for education in Vietnam; strengthen cooperation in response to climate change, development of clean energy, high technology, agricultural product processing and innovation.

The two PMs hailed the signing of a number of agreements on aviation cooperation, scientific research, education and training, among others, between the two sides which contribute to the realization of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries. .

The two sides agreed to support peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea, fully respect the diplomatic and legal process, not to use force or threaten to use force, respect international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC), promote the use of oceans for peaceful purposes, and protection of environment and the marine ecosystem.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also took part in the Vietnam-Canada Business Forum, a dialogue with Canadian investors and businesses. The Prime Minister affirmed that the business investment environment in Vietnam has been improved with great efforts of the Government to work with the motto of facilitating people and enterprises’ activities, and expressed hope that the business community in Quebec as well as Canada will be active partners of Vietnam.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attendance in the G7 Outreach Summit and visit to Canada have heightened Vietnam's international position and prestige and further strengthened the Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership, mutual understanding and trust, proactively, actively and responsibly contributing to resolving global problems for peace, prosperity and cooperation in the world.

Nguyen Duc