PM’s visits to Australia, New Zealand successful: Deputy FM

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visits to Australia and New Zealand were successful, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mr. Dung said: The Prime Minister’s visits were successful in all aspects. Vietnam upgraded its ties with Australia to a strategic partnership and identified mechanisms for annual exchanges, cooperation and consultations at all levels. Vietnam and New Zealand have mapped out a roadmap for a strategic partnership in the near future.”

Mr. Dung stressed the importance of the first ASEAN-Australia Special Summit saying the event demonstrates ASEAN’s role in the region. The summit is intended to deepen the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership and show the two sides’ determination to strengthen bilateral cooperation for regional peace and security.

At the event, Prime Minister Phuc delivered a speech on major orientations for the ASEAN-Australia strategic partnership with two priorities of strengthening economic cooperation and ensuring regional peace and security. Mr. Phuc was one of 4 ASEAN leaders invited to deliver a keynote speech at a retreat of the summit.

Source: VOV5