Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received new
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie in Hanoi on August 22nd,
voicing his belief that with her knowledge and experience, the diplomat will
help bilateral ties grow even more strongly in the years to come.
The host leader noted that relations between the two
countries have been developing well in the recent past, as seen through
fruitful cooperation in economy, trade, investment, security and defence.
For the time ahead, PM Phuc told the ambassador to
help promote the exchange of high-ranking visits and meetings while bringing
into play bilateral cooperation mechanisms, especially the ministerial-level
ones set up recently. He also asked for the Vietnam-Australia Plan of Action
for 2016-2019 to be reviewed and an action program to implement the
countries’ strategic partnership for 2020-2023 built soon.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes new Australian
Ambassador Robyn Mudie in Hanoi on August 22nd (Photo: VNA)
The PM applauded the effective bilateral cooperation
at regional and international forums, especially the United Nations, the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Comprehensive and
Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the Mekong
He expressed his hope for Australia’s strong coordination, particularly when
Vietnam serves as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for
2020-2021. Vietnam will also work closely with Australia when the former
holds the ASEAN Chair next year so as to maintain the bloc’s central role
and foster the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership.
As one of the biggest bilateral providers of
official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam, with about AUD92.7
million (USD62.7 million) each year between 2013 and 2018, Australia has
funded many projects to build essential infrastructure facilities in
Vietnamese localities, including My Thuan bridge worth AUD90 million linking
Vinh Long and Tien Giang provinces, and Cao Lanh bridge worth AUD160 million
in Dong Thap province.
PM Phuc hoped that Australia will maintain this type
of support for Vietnam.
Regarding the official visit from August 22nd to
24th by Australian PM Scott Morrison, he noted this trip holds great
significance, and he looks forwards to meeting his counterpart again.
The Government leader also spoke highly of the
active preparations for the visit by the two foreign ministries, especially
the countries’ ambassadors.
For her part, Robyn Mudie said her country attaches
importance to this visit as it hopes to enhance bilateral ties, especially
in trade and investment.
PM Morrison’s entourage includes many leading
businesses representing key sectors of Australia like infrastructure,
energy, aviation and education, and all of them wish to expand cooperation
with Vietnam, she noted. /.