PSNews – Vietnam and Australia agreed to collaborate closely to further boost consensus in ASEAN and maintain the central role of the bloc in the regional structures.
The fifth foreign affairs and defense strategic dialogue between Vietnam and Australia was organized in Canberra on September 27. The event was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy and Australian Deputy Foreign Minister Gary Quinlan and Deputy Defense Minister Rebecca Skinner.
|Vietnam and Australia agreed to collaborate closely to further boost consensus in ASEAN and maintain the central role of the bloc in the regional structures.
At the dialogue, the two sides expressed delight at drastic fine developments in the Vietnam-Australia Comprehensive Partnership.
The two sides agreed to continue to boost Vietnam-Australia relations in the fields of politics, economics, trade, defense - security, agriculture, education and training, tourism and people-to-people exchange.
The two sides agreed to work closely to prepare for the visits by high-ranking leaders of the two countries in the coming time, and to ensure the fruitful results of the visits so as to create a milestone in the bilateral relations and to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Autralia diplomatic relations in 2018.
The delegates exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, while pledging to maintain close coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums, particularly those related to the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and those led by ASEAN in order to promote dialogue and cooperation, as well as peace, stability and order in the region.
The two sides also emphasized the importance of peace, stability, security, maritime and aviation freedom and safety in the region, and encouraged solving disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Australia hoped ASEAN and China would soon sign a Code of Conduct in the East Sea South China Sea. Furthermore, the two sides also agreed to collaborate closely to boost consensus in ASEAN and strengthen the central role of the bloc in the regional structures.
The delegates pledged to work together to ensure the success of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam in November, 2017, the East Asia Summit in the Philippines in November, 2017, and the ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit in Australia in March, 2018.By Phung Nguyen