PM Phuc holds phone talks with Aussie counterpart
18:40 | 21/01/2021
VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian counterpart Scott Morrison discuss on bilateral ties and regional and international issues of shared concerns over the phone on Thursday.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison walk from the Presidential Palace to the Government Headquarters for their summit meeting on the morning of August 23, 2019 on the occasion of the latter's official visit to Viet Nam. Photo: VGP

PM Morrison congratulated Viet Nam on its outstanding achievements in 2020 and becoming a role model in COVID-19 pandemic control in the world.

He expressed his belief that the Southeast Asian country will successfully organize the 13th National Party Congress.

Morrison expects both countries will upgrade the bilateral ties to strategic partnership level in 2023 on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Meanwhile, PM Phuc suggested both sides would soon complete talks on and sign the Viet Nam-Austria Enhance Economic Engagement Strategy (EES) and fully tap opportunities from the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in order to further foster bilateral trade.

He asked the Australian side to continue technical assistance for and further open up market for Vietnamese farm produce such as shrimp, star apple, longan among others while encouraging its businesses to pour investments in such fields like telecommunication, infrastructure, high-tech agriculture, finance-banking, energy, manufacturing, education and tourism.

Phuc also called for Australia’s increased official assistance development to infrastructure, rural areas and agriculture, poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and high-quality human resource development.

The two PMs affirmed that the friendship, mutual understanding and trust constitute a strong driving force for both countries to further advance bilateral cooperation in an increasingly effective and extensive manner.

The pair agreed to work together to broaden and deepen the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership nhất.

They underlined the importance of promoting cooperation and maintaining peace, stability, security and safety and freedom of navigation and aviation as well as ensuring legitimate rights and interests provided by the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The leaders also emphasized the importance of settling disputes via peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the UNCLOS 1982, fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and working towards conclusion of a substantial and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea that is in line with international law and the UNCLOS 1982./.

By Kim Anh

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