Australian Governor-General David Hurley and his spouse Linda Hurley arrived in Hanoi on April 3 afternoon, beginning a State visit to Vietnam at the invitation of President Vo Van Thuong.

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Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (L) and Governor-General of Australia David Hurley review the guard of honour at the welcome ceremony for the later in Hanoi on April 4 morning. (Photo: VNA)
Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Governor-General of Australia David Hurley expressed their delight at the practical and effective development of the strategic partnership between the two countries during their talks in Hanoi on April 4 morning. The talks followed an official welcome ceremony hosted by President Thuong and his spouse for the Australian leader and his spouse, who are paying a State visit to Vietnam.

Welcoming his guest, President Thuong underlined the importance of the visit, which marks the start of the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, and that it will help create a new impetus for the strategic partnership.

Both host and guest shared the view that many cooperation areas identified in the action plan for 2020 - 2023 have become pillars or bright spots in the bilateral ties, including security - defence, economy - trade, science - technology, education - training, and people-to-people exchange.
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President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse (R) pose for a  photo with Australian Governor-General David Hurley and his spouse in Hanoi on April 4. (Photo: VNA)
Perceiving that there remains much room and potential for cooperation, they discussed major orientations for augmenting the two countries’ ties in various spheres and agreed to consider the upgrade of the relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership at a suitable point of time.

They said the two sides should maintain trust; enhance friendship, mutual understanding and respect via delegation exchanges and meetings at all levels; step up friendship exchanges between social circles of the two countries, especially friendship associations, parliamentary friendship groups, and associations of the youth, students, and women; coordinate to organise meaningful activities in both countries to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations to boost public awareness of the bilateral friendship and cooperation; and foster the effective implementation of the signed agreements.

President Thuong asked both sides, on the basis of the Vietnam - Australia Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy (EEES), to bolster bilateral trade and investment via effective measures, including considering the facilitation of each other’s strong exports, issuing policies to encourage businesses to increase investment in each other’s countries, and encouraging Australian firms to invest in such fields as energy, infrastructure, mining, telecoms, finance - banking, hi-tech agriculture, and education in Vietnam.

He described the cooperation in UN peacekeeping operations as a highlight in the countries’ relations and called on Australia to continue working closely with Vietnam in fighting transnational crimes, managing exit and entry, preventing illegal migration, and controlling and handling terrorist individuals and organisations that may use its territory to conduct sabotage activities against Vietnam.

Governor-General Hurley recommended the two sides soon finalise procedures for implementing the memorandum of understanding on the Australian Agriculture Visa Programme so that Vietnamese citizens can work in agriculture in Australia, create conditions for Vietnamese students to study in his country, encourage more Australians to go travel and study in Vietnam under the Working Holiday Maker Programme and the New Colombo Plan, boost post-pandemic tourism promotion activities, and strengthen locality-to-locality links.
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The talks between President Vo Van Thuong and Governor-General of Australia David Hurley on April 4. (Photo: VNA)
The visiting leader also highly valued the establishment of the Vietnam - Australia Centre at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, affirming the continuation of conditions for the Vietnamese community in his country to live, study, work, and set up associations in accordance with local law.

He also asked Vietnam to continue giving favourabe conditions for Australian citizens to travel, study, invest, and do business in the Southeast Asian country.

Talking about regional and international issues, President Thuong applauded Australia’s high priority given to relations with Southeast Asia and Vietnam, and the enhancement of ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The two leaders agreed that the two countries will keep increasing consultation and closely coordinating at regional and international forums, particularly the United Nations, ASEAN, and ASEAN-led mechanisms. They reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability, safety, security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea, and the cooperation with other countries to build a region of stability and prosperity, as well as the respect for national sovereignty and law.
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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and visiting Australian Governor-General David Hurley (Photo: VNA)
* On this visit, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and visiting Australian Governor-General David Hurley spoke of the building of a new cooperation framework during their meeting in Hanoi on April 4 afternoon.

Hurley said that during talks and meetings between him and Vietnamese leaders, the two sides have discussed orientations and specific measures to promote bilateral relations and cooperation in agriculture, industry and mining, and agreed to expand the partnership in green economy, digital economy and climate change response. 

He also praised contributions and position of the Vietnamese community in Australia to development and prosperity of the host country, as well as to the Australia-Vietnam ties.

Both host and guest shared the view that on the basis of the success of the visit and activities marking the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties, the building of a new cooperation framework will contribute to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Australian Governor-General David Hurley. (Photo: VNA)

* On the same day, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh also welcomed the first State visit to Vietnam by Australian Governor-General David Hurley. PM Chinh said the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership is growing strongly, with two-way trade rising by nearly 27% to roughly 15.7 billion USD last year, making Australia the 7th largest trade partner of Vietnam and Vietnam the 10th biggest trade partner of Australia. He suggested Australia create more favourable conditions for Vietnam’s agro-aquatic products to enter the country to achieve more balanced trade between the two nations.

Vietnam welcomes Australian firms and major investment funds to invest in Vietnam in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, finance-banking, education, hi-tech agriculture, digital transformation, mining, aviation, tourism, among others, he said, proposing Australia offer support to Vietnamese enterprises operating in mining, agriculture, aviation and tourism.

Regarding national defence-security cooperation, PM Chinh proposed Australia continue assisting Vietnam in training, improving the capacity and English skills, and in the fight against transnational, terrorism, economic, drug and cyber crimes.

Governor-General Hurley, for his part, spoke highly of the PM’s proposals, adding that the two economies are highly supplementary to each other. Australia is in the process of expanding and diversifying its trade partners, with a priority given to countries in the region, he said. Both sides need to propel cooperation in other areas such as education, tourism, agriculture, people-to-people exchange, he recommended.

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At the meeting between the two leaders. (Photo: VNA)

* Within the framework of his visit to Vietnam, Governor-General Hurley and the high-ranking delegation of Australia had a working session with National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue; paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at the late Vietnamese leader’s mausoleum; laid wreaths at the monument to heroes and martyrs in Hanoi; visited the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department ...

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Governor-General Hurley had a working session with National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue


President Vo Van Thuong and Governor General of Australia David Hurley visited the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department.

Long Pham / VNA

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