PM lauds efforts of friendship society to boost VN-Australia ties

Update: March, 15/2018 - 18:00
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc meets with the Australia – Việt Nam Friendship Society president Kim Sampson on Thursday, as part of his official visit to Australia from Wednesday to Sunday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
Viet Nam News

CANBERRA — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised efforts by the Australia – Việt Nam Friendship Society (AVFS) to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the people of Việt Nam and Australia while talking to AVFS President Kim Sampson on Thursday. 

PM Phúc met with Sampson in Canberra on the second day of his official visit to Australia from Wednesday to Sunday. 

He informed Sampson of the results of his talks with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, especially the official establishment of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. 

He urged the AVFS to further step up co-operation programmes and projects in economics, trade, investment, culture, sports, healthcare and people-to-people exchange between Việt Nam and Australia to match the new level of ties. 

Welcoming the PM, Sampson said the society has carried out many projects to support Việt Nam, particularly the settlement of Agent Orange/Dioxin consequences, and to enhance exchanges in education and healthcare. The society’s members, who work in different fields, have played an active part to develop the relations and make the bilateral co-operation more effective, he added. 

The members then updated the PM on the society’s new projects, most notably the young doctors’ exchange programme between the two countries that seeks to help Việt Nam improve healthcare service quality. It also plans to develop projects to support disadvantaged people and people with disabilities and to promote both sides’ cuisine cultures. 

PM Phúc vowed that the Government of Việt Nam will support and provide all possible conditions for the society to implement the projects in the country. 

The AVFS grew out of the opposition to the war in Việt Nam during the 1960s and 1970s, marked notably by the moratoriums and an escalating anti-war movement. After some decades of change, the organisation was re-launched on August 12, 2014. Its main focus is to support the Children’s Fund in Việt Nam where a lack of educational opportunity and especially malnutrition still exist and the effects of Agent Orange still linger. — VNS