|General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng meets with Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Tony Smith in Hà Nội yesterday. —VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam attaches importance to friendship with Australia, Nguyễn Phú Trọng, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) Central Committee, told visiting Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Tony Smith.
During their meeting in Hà Nội yesterday, the Party leader welcomed Smith’s official visit to Việt Nam at a time when the two countries have agreed to lift their ties to a strategic partnership.
Party General Secretary Trong noted with pleasure the fruitful development of bilateral relations across many fields, ranging from politics to economy, national defence and security to education and training.
He thanked the Australian government for backing Việt Nam’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, as well as Australia’s support for Việt Nam’s role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the region.
Viet Nam highly values Australia’s consistent stance on the East Sea issue, he said, urging the two sides to continue their co-operation at multilateral forums, for peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia and the East Sea.
For his part, Smith expressed his positive impressions of the thriving relations between Việt Nam and Australia in recent years, especially the two countries’ efforts to elevate their relationship to a strategic partnership.
The guest said he was impressed by Việt Nam’s achievements, noting his belief that legislative ties and people-to-people exchange between Việt Nam and Australia are solid evidence of the development of their relationship.
Smith also voiced his hope that his trip would help promote the strategic partnership.
He affirmed that Australia’s stance on the East Sea issue is clear and matches the stance and viewpoint of Việt Nam. –VNS