Vietnam, Australia hold foreign affairs, defense dialogue

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The third Australia-Vietnam Joint Foreign Affairs/Defense Strategic Dialogue took place in Canberra on November 20. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency The third Australia-Vietnam Joint Foreign Affairs/Defense Strategic Dialogue took place in Canberra on November 20. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

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Vietnam and Australia agreed to prioritize bilateral cooperation in a number of areas during the third Joint Foreign Affairs/Defense Strategic Dialogue held in Canberra on Thursday, Vietnam News Agency reported. 
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son and Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh led the Vietnamese delegation during their dialogue with their Australian counterparts Gillian Bird and Peter Baxter. 
The two sides agreed to continue high-level visits and deepen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Australia. 
The delegations also discussed developments in the East Sea and underlined the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region, while ensuring freedom and security in navigation and aviation as well as the rule of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 
They called on nations throughout the region to address any disputes through peaceful means, without the threat or use of force; implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) fully and seriously; and promptly devise a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). 
The inaugural Australia-Vietnam Joint Foreign Affairs/Defense Strategic Dialogue was held in Canberra in February 2012. 
The second meeting was held in Hanoi in November 2013. 
The fourth dialogue is scheduled to take place in Vietnam next year. Both sides expect to sign an agreement between the two foreign ministries on clearing war-era unexploded ordnance and supporting Vietnam's national development.

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