VN, Australia vow more co-operation

HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong urged Viet Nam and Australia to bolster economic and trade ties as he welcomed Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop on Saturday during her official visit to Ha Noi, which wrapped up yesterday.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

More Australian support would help Vietnamese firms do business with local partners, especially those active in the mining, coal purchasing and agro-fisheries sectors, he said.

He thanked the Australian government for its assistance in education, personnel training and construction of My Thuan and Cao Lanh bridges as part of the central Mekong Delta region connectivity project. He suggested both countries work closely together and share views at regional and global forums.

Bishop said she was pleased with the countries' bilateral friendship and co-operation in the spirit of comprehensive partnership, especially in education, with 26,000 students currently taking courses in Australia.

At his talks with Bishop in Ha Noi the same day, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said Vietnamese and Australian legislatures should exchange more visits and work closely together at international parliamentary forums.

Hung asked for further national defence, security and education co-operation and used the occasion to invite Bishop to the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, slated for next March in Ha Noi.

Bishop told Hung that her visit aimed to tighten relationships between the two legislative bodies and peoples, adding that both countries should come up with more co-operation channels in order to realise their commitments. She agreed that the potential of joint work in education had not yet been fully tapped.


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