|PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with President of the Senate Scott Ryan (R) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith of Australia (L).|
At the meeting, President of the Senate Scott Ryan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith highlighted the official visit to Australia by PM Phuc, his wife and delegation as an important landmark in 2018 when both nations are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
They hailed the outcomes of the talks between the two PMs, especially the signing of a Joint Statement on the establishment of the Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership and other important cooperation agreements on education-training, science-technology and agriculture, saying these helped to make breakthrough in bilateral ties and step up broader cooperation in specific areas.
PM Phuc suggested their bodies to pay greater attention to boosting ties between the law-making agencies in line with the newly established strategic partnership.
The Australian legislators also applauded the outcomes reached during the official visit to Australia by Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in November 2017, adding that they are due to visit Vietnam at the earliest possible time.
They also voiced Senate and the House of Representatives’ support for the development of Vietnam-Australia relations in the time to come.
Senate President Scott Ryan praised the role of nearly 300,000 Vietnamese-Australian people to the growth of Australia and said he will continue working to support the Vietnamese community in their integration into the local society as well as their efforts to make more contributions to the respective country’s development as well as the bilateral ties.
House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith, for his part, displayed his impression with the fruitful tourism cooperation between the two countries, citing the figure of nearly 500,000 Australians having visited Vietnam last year.
PM Phuc agreed with the two leaders that education cooperation continues to be the spotlight in bilateral cooperation as evidenced by nearly 30,000 Vietnamese students currently studying in Australia plus 60,000 Vietnamese alumni of Australian universities and colleges, and thousands of Australian students partaking in exchange programmes in Vietnam under the New Colombo Plan.
By advancing education cooperation, the two countries are working together to build a foundation for their future, he emphasized.
Earlier on the day, PM Phuc visited the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an independent agency of the Australian Federal Government responsible for scientific research in Australia, and attended an exhibition on renovations and creativity.
The Vietnamese cabinet leader glowingly spoke of the sound partnership between the organization and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam, noting that the two countries, with their supplementary strengths, should capitalize on numerous opportunities brought by the fourth industrial revolution.
Phuc also asked the organization to continue helping Vietnam develop green, organic and high-tech agriculture.
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