Canadian FM Melanie Joly visits Indonesia, Vietnam to boost ties

VOV.VN - Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly is travelling to Indonesia and Vietnam from April 9 to 14 to expand partnerships and reiterate the country’s commitment to engaging with regional countries as part of its forthcoming Indo-Pacific Strategy.

The prosperity, security and well-being of Canadians will be increasingly linked to economic, social and political developments of the Indo-Pacific region, Joly said in a release ahead of her departure.

“Canada is committed to deepening our diplomatic, security trade and economic engagement in the region to ensure we are seizing opportunities for Canadians and advancing shared priorities,” she said.

During the trip, the Canadian FM will also engage in discussions on pressing global challenges, including diplomatic solution to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine armed conflict and the Myanmar crisis.

“Canada has been a strong, reliable and effective partner of Indonesia, Vietnam and ASEAN, and our celebration of several decades of cooperation is an excellent opportunity to reflect on our experiences and achievements,” Joly said.

In Jakarta, Joly is to meet with government officials to mark Canada’s 70th anniversary of bilateral relations with Indonesia. In meetings with officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), she will reaffirm Canada’s commitment to the association, particularly to its central role in bringing peace, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia.

In Hanoi, she is to meet with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien to foster the long-standing ties between the two countries in the lead-up to to 50 years of diplomatic ties in 2023.

She will also travel to Thai Nguyen province (north Vietnam) to meet with ethnic minority women and learn more about the results of Canadian-funded projects to help strengthen women-led businesses in response to climate change and COVID-19 pandemic.