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Deputy PM promotes Australian trade ties

Update: April, 11/2012 - 09:41

 

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is greeted in Canberra yesterday by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. — VNA/VNS Photo Do Quyen
CANBERRA — Viet Nam and Australia should promote economic, trade and investment linkages as well as accelerate the implementation of their action programme for 2010-13.

The two countries also needed to increase exchanges of delegations at all levels, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at their meeting in Canberra yesterday.

They expressed satisfaction at the wide range of recent developments in ties between their countries.

Phuc welcomed Australia's consideration of Viet Nam as one of its prioritised nations in Asia while Gillard described Phuc's visit as an important event in bilateral relations.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed regional and international issues of common concern, sharing the same view on the need to maintain peace, stability and co-operation in the East Sea.

The East Sea issue needed to be solved according to international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, they said.

They promised to continue to co-operate at regional and international forums and support each other in their respective bids to run for UN agencies.

Phuc also met with Australian health and legal experts yesterday to share experiences in fighting HIV/AIDS and other social issues.

Earlier, the Deputy PM had working sessions with Commander of the Australian Federal Police Toni Negus, Minister of Trade and Competitiveness and acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson, and Health Minister Tania Plibersek.

He witnessed the signing of an extradition agreement between the two countries and a memorandum of understanding on co-operation between Viet Nam's Ministry of Justice and Australia's Attorney General.

Phuc is on an official visit to Australia from April 9-14 at the invitation of Deputy PM and Treasurer Wayne Swan. — VNS

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