San Francisco, The Gulf Observer: President Vo Van Thuong had meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in San Francisco, the US, on November 17, on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.
At their meeting, President Thuong and PM Albanese reviewed the sound development of Viet Nam-Australia relations in recent times, especially since the two countries established the strategic partnership in 2018. They agreed that the trust and friendship between the two peoples along with encouraging attainments in cooperation areas are an important foundation to elevate the bilateral to a new height.
PM Albanese affirmed that Australia treasures the ties with Viet Nam, and pledged to continue prioritising official development assistance (ODA) to and cooperating with Viet Nam in digital transformation, green economy and climate change response.
President Thuong thanked the Australian government for its sustainable ODA source and support to Viet Nam in implementing United Nations peacekeeping missions.
He proposed the two sides continue increasing all-level delegation exchange, promote effectively cooperation mechanisms, boosting collaboration in trade-investment, defence-security, culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange through the increase of flights between the two countries.
He suggested creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Australia to integrate into and make contributions to host country as well as to the two countries’ relations.
The two leaders also agreed to continue supporting each other at regional and international forums, such as the UN, ASEAN and APEC, and compared notes on regional and international issues, including the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea) issue and cooperation in the Sub-Mekong region.