Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed and held
talks with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Hanoi on August 23.
Vietnam and Australia officially established
diplomatic ties on February 26, 1973, and a comprehensive partnership in
2009. The relationship was elevated to a strategic partnership in 2018.
The two sides are maintaining bilateral cooperation
mechanisms, including annual meetings at the ministerial level in such
spheres as diplomacy, national defence and economy, and policy dialogues in
They have fruitfully joined hands in national
defence and security through delegation exchanges and agreements on
cooperation in crime combat, exit-entry management, information and
experience sharing, etc.
Currently, Vietnam is the fourth largest trade
partner of Australia in the ASEAN bloc, while the latter is the 7th largest
of the Southeast Asian country. Two-way trade has inched up 8.8 percent each
year on average.
Australia is the longest-standing dialogue partner
of ASEAN (since 1974). The two sides set up a strategic partnership in 2014.
Australia has applauded Vietnam’s role in the region.
Vietnamese and Australian leaders have repeatedly
affirmed their common vision of maintaining peace and stability in the
region, including the East Sea.
The visit to Vietnam by Australia’s Prime Minister
Scott Morrison and his spouse from August 22-24 is expected to contribute to
promoting the relationship between the two countries effectively and
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian Prime
Minister Scott Morrison inspect honourary guard at the welcome ceremony (Photo:
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes Australian
Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Hanoi, August 23 (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Australian
counterpart Scott Morrison at the welcome ceremony (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Australian
counterpart Scott Morrison at a meeting prior to their talks (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Photo: VNA)
(See clip below)