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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   24 May 2013  

NA boosts ties with Australia

Viet Nam's National Assembly (NA) wants to expand dialogue with the Australian House of Representatives in all areas to share information, build trust and promote mutual understanding.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung made the comments at his talks with Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Anna Burke in Ha Noi yesterday after greeting her at an official welcome ceremony.

Hung described Burke's visit to Viet Nam as a highlight at a time when the two countries are celebrating 40 years of bilateral ties.

He also praised exchanges of delegations between the two countries' parliaments, especially the Friendship Parliamentarians Groups and leaders of the two legislatures.

Both host and guest agreed to make it easier for enterprises from both countries to boost trading activities, encourage Australian firms to invest more in Viet Nam, especially in fields where they have strengths, and facilitate the effective implementation of Vietnamese-invested projects in Australia.

They also reached a consensus on further speeding up co-operation projects in education, labour and national security and defence for peace and development in the region and the world.

Speaker Burke stressed the special importance of co-operation between branches of the two legislatures, saying it has contributed to improving co-operation efficiency between the two Governments.

Hung also accepted Burke's invitation to visit Australia on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Following the talks, Hung and Burke signed a co-operation agreement between the two legislative bodies.

Under the agreement, the two sides will promote the exchange of high-level visits and delegations of all levels, as well as work closely at multilateral forums.

They will also exchange publications on legal systems and related issues to learn experience from each other.

The signing of the agreement was described by both leaders as contributing to further cementing bilateral ties and lifting relations to a new height for the benefit of the two peoples.

Meeting with PM Dung

On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with the Australian politician, and suggested the two countries work harder to lift their bilateral ties to a new height.

The PM urged the two sides to increase mutual support at regional and international forums and asked Australia to support the standpoints of Viet Nam and ASEAN on peace, stability, maritime safety and security in the East Sea, as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea on the basis of international law.

Dung expressed his hope that Australia would continue providing official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam and supporting the Vietnamese community in the country.

For her part, Burke said her country would do its utmost to contribute to help ensure peace and stability in the region and the world, saying that the implementation of peaceful measures with a legal basis is the best way to solve disputes in the East Sea.

She confirmed that the Australian House of Representatives always backed co-operation activities between the two countries in all fields.VNS

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