Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for visiting Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne in Hanoi on June 13. PM Phuc congratulated Payne on her reappointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs cum Minister for Women of Australia. The PM spoke highly of Payne’s role in and significant contributions to promoting the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership over the past years in both positions as the Minister for Foreign Affairs at present and the Minister for Defence in the past. He welcomed Payne for selecting Vietnam as one of the first countries to visit right in the second week of her new working tenure. Relations between Vietnam and Australia have been developing fruitfully in the recent past, PM Phuc said, adding that Australia has annually trained nearly 30,000 Vietnamese students. Two-way trade reached 7.7 billion USD in 2018, a year-on-year rise of 19.3 percent. Australia currently ranks 19th among 128 foreign investors in Vietnam with total investment of over 1.84 billion USD, while Vietnam is running 47 direct investment projects in Australia. Besides economic ties, the potential for bilateral cooperation in other… Read full this story
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