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Deputy PM seeks better partnership with Australia

Update: April, 13/2012 - 10:02

SYDNEY — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday met with Australian Acting Governor General and New South Wales State Governor Marie Bashir in Sydney to look for stronger relations between the two countries.

Expressing his gratitude towards assistance granted by the Australian Government and New South Wales administration in improving infrastructure, education, health care and clean water in Viet Nam, Phuc hoped the Australian side, including the "Forever Study" fund set up by Bashir, would keep supporting the country.

He said economic, trade and investment ties needed furthering to cement the fine political relationship between the two sides.

Bashir said she was happy with bilateral relationship development, particularly with increased exchange between leaders, officials and people.

She affirmed that Australia and New South Wales would continue to support Viet Nam and create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community there.

The Deputy PM, also chairman of Viet Nam's Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Control, earlier had working sessions with related Australian agencies to gain experience from the country.

In another meeting with Chairman of Australian Seafood Importers Association Norman Grant on the same day, Phuc asked the association to import more of Viet Nam's tra and basa fish (catfish) and help local seafood enterprises meet international food safety standards.

The Deputy PM also met representatives from the Vietnamese community in Australia. While asking the overseas Vietnamese to continue "looking towards their home country", he said the Government would create even more favourable policies for them to invest in Viet Nam.

The senior official's 6-day visit to Australia will wrap up on Saturday. — VNS

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