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Australia and Viet Nam share a common interest in maintaining peace
15/4/2015 15:40' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the press conference. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Right after the welcoming ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had official talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

At the talks, both sides informed the development of their respective countries, recognizing achievements of Viet Nam in its renovation process and of Australia in building a prosperous and modern country, and expressing elation at the increasing roles of the two countries in the region and the world.

The Prime Ministers underscored the strength and breadth of Australia-Vietnam ties and agreed to lift the relationship to a new level. They agreed to deepen and intensify the existing Comprehensive Partnership, reflecting the increasingly strategic nature of the bilateral relationship.

The two sides reached high unanimity on big orientations and measures to effectively strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in high priority issues, including politics, defense, security, economy, investment, trade, information and communication, development assistance, science and technology, agriculture, transport, education and training.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbot concurred to assign their foreign ministries to complete and formalize a joint action programme for 2015-17 in due time.

Reviewing progress of the bilateral ties in recent years, the Prime Ministers pledged to increase the exchange of high-level delegations and maintain meetings between the two countries’ leaders and officials while optimizing the existing collaboration mechanisms.

Both sides noted that the bilateral economic partnership has been growing rapidly; Australia is now the eighth largest partner of Viet Nam with trade reaching nearly 6 billion USD in 2014 (as compared with US$ 5.1 billion in 2013).

Australia considers Viet Nam a potential market and is keen on increasing investment to and fostering stable affiliation with the country in energy, telecommunication, and technology transfer in different fields.

Host and guest vowed to create favorable conditions for export collaboration in agricultural and aquatic products by enhancing cooperation in animal and flora quarantine. At the same time, both sides committed to back businesses to invest in the strengths of the two nations, including services, agriculture, breeding, processing, mining and education-training.

The two Prime Ministers agreed to foster bilateral defense-security partnerships, while promoting the efficiency of coordination in development, culture, education and tourism.

Beside bilateral cooperation, they also discussed a wide-range of regional and international issues pledging to work closely at regional and international forums of which both sides are members, including the ASEAN-Australia cooperation, the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) and the United Nations. They plan to boost mutual support in negotiations and implementations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

They highlighted the significance of maintaining peace and stability as well as maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea together with the settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. They called for full observation of the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) as well as for restraint from using force or conducting any activities that escalate tension in the region, including the constraint or use of violence to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. It is urgent to build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

On this occasion, the two sides issued a Joint Statement and the Declaration on Enhancing the Australia - Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership and four other cooperation documents on (1) a new working holiday maker visa arrangement , (2) implementation of Asia-Australia cooperation programme on preventing human trafficking , (3) post-war unexploded ordnance removal and (4) joining the UN peacekeeping force of Viet Nam.

Earlier in Sydney, the first leg of his visit to Australia, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a speech and discussed with Australian leading scholars and researchers of the Lowy Institute - an independent research center on foreign policies, one of the top 30 centers in the world, focusing on “Viet Nam-Australia relations: Towards a bright future for prosperity of the two countries for peace, stability and development in the region.”

The official visit to Australia of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung successfully concluded, intensifying and deepening the comprehensive partnership with Australia, opening up new prospects and cooperation opportunities in different aspects between Viet Nam and a country in Oceania.

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