Vietnam, Australia eye comprehensive partnership

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s ongoing visit to Australia is expected lift bilateral friendship and cooperation to new heights, Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce said September 8.

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh  (L) meets with Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce on September 8. (Photo: VNA)

Mr.Manh met Mr.Bryce on the same day, the third day of his visit as a guest of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

He praised Australia’s recent development and its growing position in the region and world.

The governor general spoke highly of Vietnam’s doi moi, or renewal, policy, the great successes the country has recorded in recent years, and its increasing regional and international role.

Both agreed that the elevation of bilateral ties to that of a comprehensive partnership would usher in a new period of development between the two nations.

They also agreed upon a number of directions and measures aimed at stepping up cooperation, especially economic, trade, investment, education, tourism, and cultural.

Bryce pledged to continue supporting and creating favorable conditions to foster the development of friendly and cooperative ties between Australia and Vietnam.

Earlier, the Vietnamese leader visited the Gungahlin Homestead Institute of Agricultural Research where he was apprised about agricultural development in terms of sustainability and combining with forestry rural development.

He hailed the institute’s cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in improving agricultural efficiency and combating hunger and poverty.

Vietnam wants to beef up ties with Australia in this and other fields, he said.

Later that day, the General Secretary and his delegation left the capital, Canberra, for New South Wales State and Sydney.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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