Ho Chi Minh, 9 November 2021 (TDI): Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne arrived in Vietnam today. On the arrival of the Foreign Minister, Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chin received her at the airport.

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to Marise Payne for the Australian commitment to provide vaccine support to Vietnam. Earlier, Australia provided 5.2 million doses of Covid vaccines to Vietnam.

Pham Minh Chin reiterated that Australia should continue assisting Vietnam in fighting the pandemic, rebooting economic recovery, and strengthening health preparedness capacity.

He also expressed that Australia should help Vietnam in adapting to climate change.

Enhancing Relations

The matters like enhancing relations such as a 50% increase in two-way trade on a yearly basis between the two countries also came into discussion. The trade rose up to US $9.1 billion in the first nine months this year between Australia and Vietnam.

While, Australian Foreign Minister assured her support to Vietnam in fields like infrastructure development, agriculture, poverty reduction, and climate change adaptation.

She expressed full support to Vietnam over East Sea and determined to solve the disputes according to United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Additionally, Australia announced 2.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Vietnam. This will bring the total vaccine support to 7.8 million.

The South Pacific country also endorsed Vietnam’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Foreign Minister Marise is visiting the Southeast Asian country under her country’s long-term campaign to approach ASEAN countries.

Earlier she also visited Malaysia and Cambodia. She discussed the ASEAN centrality in the Indo-Pacific region in the meetings with host countries. Moreover, she also met with her counterparts and state heads of the countries.