President Tran Dai Quang and Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove on May 24 agreed to strengthen political and strategic trust between the two countries by enhancing the exchange of visits and meetings.
President Tran Dai Quang (right) welcomes Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove on May 24__Photo: VNA
The consensus was reached at their talks in Hanoi during Peter Cosgrove’s state-level visit to Vietnam.
Both sides expressed their joy at the strong and effective development of Vietnam-Australian relations in recent times, saying that the regular exchange of high-ranking delegations at all levels reflects the two sides’ respect for the reinforcement of their political trust and mutual understanding.
Both leaders vowed to continue organizing activities to celebrate the 45th
anniversary of diplomatic ties, thus raising public awareness of the bilateral relations. They also stressed the need to improve the efficiency of existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and promote newly-formed cooperation mechanisms such as economic partnership, innovation partnership, agriculture partnership, and the meeting of foreign ministers.
The two leaders expressed their wish to further push pillar cooperation fields such as security-defense; economy-trade; science-technology; education-training; and development aid, toward expanding their collaboration in other potential domains.
President Quang suggested the two sides seriously take into account trade barriers, which can affect their key exports; and devise policies encouraging Vietnamese and Australian enterprises to increase investment in the fields of Australia’s strength and Vietnam’s demand, including energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, finance-banking, mining, manufacturing, hi-tech agriculture, education, and tourism.
In response, the Governor-General affirmed Australia will continue to promote security-defense links with Vietnam, focusing on training and joining the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force, adding that his country will also actively support Vietnam in solving the problem of post-war UXO consequences.
The leaders also highlighted the potential for the two countries to expand their collaboration in culture exchange, tourism, labor and sports, saying that these can directly help enhance the friendship between the two sides.
The two leaders also affirmed mutual support at regional and international forums, especially the UN, ASEAN and cooperation mechanisms led by ASEAN; as well as a consistent stance in East Sea-related issues; and close cooperation in implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.- (VLLF)