HANOI (VNA) – Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu held talks in Hanoi on March 3 with Deputy Minister for Southeast Asia Katrina Cooper and the Head of the Australian Foreign and Trade Department, Ms Katrina Cooper, Head of the ASEAN SOM. Vietnam from March 2-4.
Nguyen Minh Vu said Vietnam attaches great importance to strategic partnership with Australia. He thanked Australia for becoming the country’s second largest vaccine support partner, donating 7.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and numerous medical supplies to Vietnam.
Katrina Cooper stressed that Australia has always valued Vietnam’s role and position in the region, and will continue its efforts to enhance strategic partnership between the two countries.
The two Deputy Ministers spoke highly of maintaining high-level liaison between the two sides and the consistent and flexible deployment of bilateral cooperation mechanisms. Economic and trade cooperation is a bright spot in bilateral relations, with $ 12.4 billion in trade transactions released in 2021, an increase of almost 50% per annum.
They also discussed specific measures to strengthen relations between the two countries in the fields of defense and defense, education and training, official development assistance, development green and agricultural technology, climate change and new pillars of Mekong cooperation and cooperation. Consider establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership Vietnam-Australia.
The two sides discussed the East Sea issue, respecting international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Maritime Law and other global and regional issues, and insisting that disputes be resolved peacefully.
As part of her visit, Katrina Cooper paid a courtesy call on Le Hoy Trung, chair of the party’s Central Committee External Affairs Committee; Worked with Action ASEAN SOM President Vu Ho; Attended a seminar on Mekong at the Diplomatic Academy; Meet with Australian and Vietnamese companies and partners. -VNA
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