Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and visiting Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Richard Donald Marles

At a reception for visiting Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Richard Donald Marles in Hanoi, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highlighted cooperation outcomes in U.N. peacekeeping operations, military medicine, the sharing of information and experience and the settlement of war consequences, as well as the two countries’ cooperation at multilateral mechanisms, particularly the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+).

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh suggested the two sides continue with existing cooperation fields, focusing on high-level visits and meetings, firstly well preparing for the upcoming official visit to Australia by National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

The two countries should prioritize cooperation in U.N. peacekeeping operations, he said, calling on Australia to continue its support to Vietnam in transporting the level-2 field hospital to South Sudan in 2023 and the following years.

The government leader noted his belief that Marles's visit will contribute to strengthening the bilateral defense ties, thus further developing the Vietnam - Australia relationship in line with their strategic partnership for peace, prosperity and development in each country, the region and the world at large.

Emphasizing Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralization of relations, and being a good friend and a reliable and responsible member of the international community, he said Vietnam always attaches importance to its relations with Australia and highly values the country’s potential and position in the international arena.

At the meeting

The government leader also highlighted the bilateral trade and investment ties, and Australia’s timely support to Vietnam in COVID-19 prevention and control.

For his part, Marles suggested Vietnam and Australia upgrade their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2023 when they mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties.

The two sides should work harder to accelerate the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CPTPP) and other cooperation mechanisms to elevate their cooperation to a new height, especially in trade, investment, climate change response, education-training, and national defense and security.

Lauding Marles's cooperation initiatives, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his hope that the official will pay more attention to expanding and deepening the Vietnam-Australia relations, particularly in politics and economy, trade and investment, contributing to ensuring the sustainability of supply chains between the two countries as well as in the region and the world.

Source: VNA