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Australia advised to take advantage of trade pact

Update: March, 29/2012 - 09:46


President Truong Tan Sang (right) receives Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr at the Presidential Palace yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI — Viet Nam and Australia should take advantage of the free trade agreement between the latter, ASEAN and New Zealand to boost bilateral economic co-operation, especially in food safety and hygiene, natural resources and energy exploitation.

President Truong Tan Sang made the comments while receiving Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in the capital yesterday.

The President further praised on-going high-level visits and meetings, especially the 10th gathering of the Australia - Viet Nam Joint Economic and Trade Co-operation Committee, successfully held last December.

Sang urged both sides to complete targets for the Viet Nam-Australia Action Plan 2010-13 as well as prepare content for the coming period.

While highly appreciating Australian ODA to Viet Nam, the president called on the country to continue its support of Viet Nam's standpoints and viewpoints and help it in its confirmation as a reliable and responsible international partner.

The Australian Foreign Minister thanked Viet Nam for its support at regional and international forums, additionally praising the two countries' co-operation in public-private partnerships (PPP), infrastructure construction, coping with climate change, education and training.

Carr asked Viet Nam for further co-operation at ASEAN, ASEM, APEC and United Nations events while strengthening diplomacy.

He invited the Vietnamese President to visit Australia in celebration of the 40th year of establishing diplomatic ties next year.

The same day, Carr met with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern. They agreed to boost exchanges and mutual support both regionally and internationally. — VNS

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