HÀ NỘI — National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân will pay official visits to Singapore and Australia from November 26 to December 2, according to a statement from the NA Committee for External Relations released yesterday.
The visits will be made at the invitation of the parliaments and governments of the two nations.
Việt Nam and Singapore set up diplomatic ties in August 1, 1973. Singapore is the sixth largest trade partner of Việt Nam while Việt Nam is the city-state’s 11th biggest trade partner. In the first seven months of 2017, two-way trade hit US$5 billion, up 16.4 per cent year on year.
Meanwhile, Việt Nam and Australia enjoy a fruitful partnership. Australia is the 19th largest investor of Việt Nam with 407 projects worth $1.85 billion. Two-way trade reached about $5.3 billion in 2016, with Việt Nam’s exports valued at $2.86 billion.
In a related move, Ngân had a meeting with the Australian Ambassador to Việt Nam Craig Chittick yesterday, during which she briefed the Australian diplomat about preparations for the upcoming visit.
She said that with the long standing ties between VIệt Nam and Australia, her visit to Australia would help boost the enhanced comprehensive partnership between the two countries. — VNS