Hanoi, 10 November 2021 (TDI): Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne joined the 2nd ASEAN-Australia Women Peace and Security (WPS) Dialogue with her Vietnamese counterpart, Bui Thanh Son, today in Hanoi.

The Australian Foreign Minister announced additional support from Australia for new WPS initiatives with ASEAN simultaneously. In a tweet, Marise Payne told that Australia and ASEAN are already working together.

She noted that both the countries will enhance Women, Peace & Security agenda through collaborating.

Meeting with Prime Minister

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrived in Vietnam yesterday. On her arrival, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chin received her at the airport.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister expressed gratitude for the Australian commitment to provide vaccine support to Vietnam. Earlier, she had stayed in Malaysia and Cambodia to discuss matters related to ASEAN centrality in the Indo Pacific.

Meeting with Cambodia Foreign Minister

Afterward, Marise Payne had a meeting with her counterpart in Cambodia, Prak Sokhonn. In a meeting, the two Foreign Ministers addressed the Australia-Cambodia relationship and shared Covid recovery details.

They also discussed the 2022 ASEAN Chair for Cambodia in the next year. She also noted that the Association of Southeast Asian Countries is at the heart of Indo-Pacific which is open, inclusive, and resilient. Australian Foreign Minister is on a long visit to ASEAN states.