Vietnam and Australia have agreed on measures to promote efficiency in their bilateral partnership, especially in prioritized areas like national defense, economy, investment, trade and agriculture.
The agreement was made on March 18 during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's two-day official visit to Australia.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott witness the signing of the Declaration on Enhancing the Australia - Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership__Phto: VNA
Dung and his Australian counterpart Tony Abott were unanimous in assigning
their foreign ministries to complete and formalize a joint action program for
They specifically vowed to create more favorable conditions for the
export of agricultural and aquatic products by enhancing cooperation in animal
and plant quarantine procedures.
Both sides committed to back businesses to invest in the strengths
of the two nations, including services, agriculture, husbandry, processing,
mining and education-training sectors.
The two prime ministers agreed to foster a defense-security
partnership, highlighting the significance of maintaining peace and stability
in maritime and aviation matters.
They concurred in reaching a prompt conclusion of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
(RCEP) negotiations, noting these agreements would help drive higher growth.
When discussing regional and international issues of mutual
concern, they pledged to work closely at regional and international forums,
namely ASEAN-Australia cooperation forum, the East-Asia Summit, the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the United Nations.
joint statement issued at a press conference on March 18 declared the
Vietnam-Australia relationship would be raised to a new height. Four
cooperation documents were also presented, concerning unexploded ordnance
removal, peacekeeping activities, a new working visa arrangement, and human