Strengthening cooperation between Vietnam and Australia
Photo for illustration (Source: VNA)

Photo for illustration (Source: VNA)

At the meeting, Senate President Scott Ryan expressed his delight at the development of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. He highly appreciated the results of Vietnam’s COVID-19 pandemic prevention, considering this a good model for countries in the region and the world.

He also shared his good impression from his visit to Vietnam in January 2019 and looked forward to soon returning to visit when the two countries' borders opened.

Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh informed the President of the Australian Senate about the good results of the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the new leadership of Vietnam.

After Vietnam holds the election of National Assembly deputies in May 2021, the ambassador believed that the leaders of the National Assembly of the two countries would continue to exchange and organize high-level consultations in suitable forms under the current travel restriction.

The two sides agreed to promote bilateral cooperation towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, which is expected to be held from February 2022 to February 2023. The Ambassador asked Australia to consider setting up a travel bubble with low-risk countries in the region, including Vietnam, after Australia successfully implemented a tourism bubble with New Zealand from April 19, 2021, and Vietnam considers applying vaccine passports.

Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh hoped that Australia's friendship parliamentarians will contribute to facilitate cooperation with Vietnam, further strengthen cooperation in areas such as trade-investment, education and science - technology, people-to-people exchanges and connections between localities of the two countries, especially between Ho Chi Minh City and Victoria state.

Vietnam has a young, skilled labour market that is a good source for Australia, especially in the agricultural sector and for Australia's regions facing labour difficulties.

The Vietnamese Ambassador expressed his sincere thanks to the Australian Government and Parliament for maintaining a high level of development assistance to Vietnam over the past decades, and hoped that Australia would continue to support high-efficiency projects for Vietnam in fields of infrastructure, science and innovation./.


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