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PM Greets Australian, French Ambassadors

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc separately hosted receptions for Australian and French Ambassadors to Viet Nam Craig Chittick and Bertrand Lortholary.

PM Phuc emphasized that Australia and Viet Nam have enjoyed the fine relations in numerous areas especially trade while receiving Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick.

Viet Nam hoped to shake hands with Australia, a confident partner in its fields of strength like science-technology and mineral exploitation, said Mr. Phuc.

The host leader also applauded proposals raised by the Ambassador on poverty reduction and gender equality in Viet Nam.

According to the PM, around 50,000 overseas Vietnamese students are living in Australia. They served as an important bridge for the bilateral ties.

The Government leader welcomed Australia’s bid to accelerate the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in the coming time despite the U.S. disinvolvement.

For his part, Ambassador Craig Chittick revealed that via the term in Viet Nam he hoped to beef up the bilateral ties.

The guest informed the host about the Australian Government’s commitment to back the TPP.

Besides education and training, Viet Nam and Australia own vast potentials in telecom and agriculture, said the Ambassador.  

The same day, PM Phuc highlighted the abundant cooperative opportunities between Viet Nam and France. However, the two-way trade volume and investment remained modest and failed to surpass US$ 4 billion.  

The Government chief affirmed that he would early consider the France-sponsored metro project right after receiving a report from the Ministry of Finance and the Ha Noi municipal People’s Committee.

He took the occasion to recommend France push other EU member states to early ratify the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement.

In reply, Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary promised to speed up the French House Project in HCMC and French High School in Ha Noi during his term in Viet Nam.

Franc also commits to doubling its assistance for climate change response projects in Viet Nam and backing the host country to deal with environmental pollution, sewage and water treatment.


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