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Hanoi – Britain’s Prince William urged Vietnam’s leaders on Wednesday to step up the fight against wildlife trafficking, the main theme of his first visit to the Communist country.

The prince, who is president of United for Wildlife, met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh before the start of a two-day conference on illegal wildlife trade on Thursday in Hanoi.

During his call on the prime minister, William “said he was looking forward to hearing what Vietnam was doing to tackle the challenges presented by the illegal wildlife trade,” the prince’s office said in a statement.

William also toured Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where he visited a traditional medicine shop and a primary school. He then joined local celebrities, traditional medicine experts and wildlife activists at a coffee shop for a discussion about changing social attitudes toward the use of illegal wildlife products.

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