NA Chairman receives Australian Deputy PM, Minister for Defence Richard Marles
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue receives Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles. (Photo: VNA)|
NA Chairman Hue, who is paying an official visit to Australia from November 30 to December 3, said that the relationsip between the two countries are growing in all aspects, including national defence and security.
He hailed Australia for assisting Vietnam to join United Nations peacekeeping missions, specifically providing language training for military personnel and helping Vietnam deploy a level 2 field hospital in South Sudan.
On this occasion, the NA Chairman thanked the Australian Department of Defence for offering timely donation of medical supplies to the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Marles, who is also a member of the Australian Parliament and Deputy Leader of the Australian Labour Party, agreed to continue intensifying bilateral defence-security cooperation, affirming that Australia will continue with its support in the training of military officers, peacekeeping missions and sending naval ships to visit Vietnam.
|National Assembly Chairman receives Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence Richard Marles, saying that the relationsip between the two countries are growing in all aspects, including national defence and security. (PhotoL VNA)|
He also agreed to early establish the mechanism of ministerial-level defence consultation dialogue, update the Joint Vision Statement promoting defence cooperation signed in 2018, and consider expanding collaboration in promising fields such as defence industry, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, transnational crime prevention, cyber security, and increase the sharing of information on issues related to national security and the interests of the two countries.
The two sides consented to strengthen cooperation at multilateral mechanisms, including the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM ); settle disputes in the East Sea via peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and ensure security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.