Wednesday, 28/09/2022 19:58 (GMT+7)
The new President of the Australian Senate Sue Lines received Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Nguyen Tat Thanh on September 27 and affirmed that Australia always attaches importance to its relations with Vietnam.
|Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh and Australian Senate President Sue Lines (Photo: baoquocte.vn)
Ms. Sue Lines expressed her delight at outstanding development steps of the Australia-Vietnam Strategic Partnership, especially in economic cooperation, parliamentary diplomacy, and people-to-people exchanges.
She affirmed she will continue supporting the relations between the two countries as she did when she was Vice President of the Senate, stressing that the two countries have a lot of rooms to further develop the ties.
The Senate President delighted at the cooperation between the two countries’ localities, especially the achievements in the collaboration between her home state, Western Australia, and Vietnam’s Ba Ria-Vung Tau southern province. She added that she is looking forward to the launch of more direct flights between the two countries, especially with Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
At the reception, Ambassador Thanh expressed his pleasure at the two-way trade of increasing nearly 40% in the first eight months of 2022, making Australia the 7th largest trading partner of Vietnam and Vietnam the 10th biggest trading partner of Australia for the first time.
He hoped that the Australia-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group will soon be established to coordinate in boosting parliamentary cooperation.
The two sides agreed to foster collaboration between the two parliaments towards the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam – Australia diplomatic relations in 2023.
Senate President Lines said that she hopes to soon welcome leaders of the Vietnamese National Assembly to visit Australia and affirmed that she will consider to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time./.