Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with the Governor-General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove, in Sydney on Tuesday during his official visit to the country.
The Vietnamese PM used the occasion to emphasize Vietnam’s consistent policy of intensifying the comprehensive partnership with Australia. He also welcomed Australia’s policy of enhancing ties with Indo-Pacific countries, including Vietnam.
The two leaders hailed the development of the cooperation between the two countries across many fields, particularly since the establishment of a formal bilateral comprehensive partnership in 2009.
The Australian Governor General said he believes PM Dung’s visit, which came at the invitation of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, will help create a new momentum in the two countries’ developing partnership.
Cosgrove said that the strong growth of bilateral ties, especially in the economic-commercial fields, and the similarities in viewpoint regarding regional security-political issues demonstrate that the Vietnam-Australia comprehensive partnership has deepened.
Cosgrove said that as a veteran of the Vietnam War who has made two subsequent trips to Vietnam, he is deeply impressed by the achievements and positive changes in the Southeast Asian country, as well as the hospitality of the Vietnamese people.
PM Dung conveyed an invitation to Vietnam from President Truong Tan Sang to Cosgrove, with the latter accepting with pleasure.
Also on Tuesday, the Vietnamese PM met with the Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley.
The PM underlined New South Wales’ advantage in expanding ties with Vietnamese localities, as there is now a direct air service between Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City. He suggested the state authorities facilitate business cooperation between the two countries and assist Vietnamese firms in seeking investment opportunities and selling commodities in the state, and across the rest of Australia.
Governor Hurley said PM Dung’s visit marked the start of a new period for cooperation between New South Wales and Vietnam. He promised to facilitate connections between the business communities of the state and Vietnam for their mutual benefit.
PM Dung will have a meeting with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in Canberra on Wednesday.