Hanoi (VNA) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
on August 24 concluded his three-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation
of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) hosts the welcome
ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Hanoi on August 23
During his stay in Vietnam, PM Morrison had talks and a working breakfast with
his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, met with Chairwoman of the National
Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, and
attended a meeting with the business commuinities of both countries.
On this occasion, the Australian PM laid flowers and
paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum, and visited the late
President’s still house. Morrison also visited the Vietnam People’s Army’s
Level-2 Field Hospital No. 2 at the Hanoi-based Military Medical University, and
the construction site of the Vietnamese Formula 1 circuit project in Hanoi.
At the meetings, the two sides expressed their pleasure
at the strong, dynamic and effective development of the Vietnam-Australia
relationship over the past time, saying that the two countries hold substantial
potential to strengthen their ties. They spoke highly of the regular exchange of
all-level delegations through all channels.
The two sides issued a joint statement between Vietnam
and Australia, in which they reaffirmed their commitment to developing the
bilateral ties towards a new higher level.
They recognised each other’s increasing importance, both
bilaterally and as partners in the Indo-Pacific region as well as in the
international community; and acknowledged that the partnership is founded on a
basis of mutual respect, mutual trust, converging interests and deepening links.
They agreed to increase the depth and breadth of engagement between the two
countries in advance of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.
To this end, they agreed that Vietnam and Australia’s
Plan of Action for the Strategic Partnership for the period of 2020-2023 will
focus on three priority areas: enhancing economic engagement; deepening
strategic, defence and security cooperation; and building knowledge and
Both sides agreed to develop an Enhanced Economic
Engagement Strategy with the aim of becoming top ten trade partners and doubling
investment; and emphasised their commitment to promoting bilateral economic
opportunities and regional economic integration through free trade agreements
and cooperation in multilateral economic frameworks, including APEC.
In this context, they welcomed the 10th anniversary of
the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area, and
the work underway to upgrade that Agreement; committed to work together to
ensure smooth implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for
Trans-Pacific Partnership. They agreed on the importance of concluding
negotiations on a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement this year.
Both sides will strengthen collaboration in knowledge
and innovation, including between public services and establish a Vietnam –
Australia Centre at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. They committed
to protecting the health of the oceans, by reducing plastic waste, sharing
technologies and expertise and improving the sustainability of fishing. Both
sides will encourage their respective localities to step up cooperation through
the exchange of delegations at various levels and sharing of management
expertise, particularly in urban planning, transport infrastructure, education
and training, and innovative entrepreneurship.
Both countries remain committed to an open, inclusive,
prosperous and secure region defined by respect for international law,
sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They reaffirmed the
importance of ASEAN centrality and ASEAN-led architecture, particularly the East
They emphasised the importance of freedom of navigation
and overflight, compliance with international law and maintaining a rules-based
order. They called on all parties to exercise self-restraint and avoid actions
that may further complicate the situation. They also reaffirmed the need for
states to resolve disputes peacefully, without the threat or use of force in
accordance with international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and
his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison witnessed the signing of cooperation
documents and agreements between the two countries. – VNA.