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Vietnamese PM discusses COVID-19 measures with Australian PM

15:21 | 14/04/2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a telephone conversation with Australian PM Scott Morrison on Thursday, discussing cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PM Phuc updated Morrison on the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam and shared Vietnam’s experiences as well as achievements fighting coronavirus. He briefed his Australian counterpart on the measures taken by the Vietnamese Government to prevent the spread of the disease.

He expressed thanks to the Government of Australia for offering technical support for Vietnam to mitigate negative impacts of the pandemic while affirming Vietnam is also ready to provide medical equipment support to Australia.

PM Morrison appreciated the efforts and measures taken by the Vietnamese Government to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and mentioned the similarity between those measures and those implemented by the Australian government, according to Vietnam News.

He affirmed the wish to increase cooperation, experience sharing and mutual support with Vietnam, and the hope that Vietnam would keep up the production and export of essential goods in the context of international production and trade seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic..

The Australian PM said the Australian Government would create favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to continue studies in Australia, according to VGP News.

The Australian PM also highly valued the role and initiatives of Vietnam as the current ASEAN Chair, expressing the wish to continue supporting and collaborating over regional and international issues common concern, so as to promote cooperation in countering common challenges for the sake of peace, stability in the region and the world..

PM Morrison also appreciated Vietnam’s role and initiatives as Chair of ASEAN in 2020, and pledged to continue support of and coordinate closely with Vietnam in regional and international issues of common concern, so as to promote cooperation in countering common challenges for the sake of peace, stability in the region and the world, according to Nhan Dan Online.

According to Australian experts, there are great challenges for ASEAN, but it is also a time for Vietnam - as the Chairman of ASEAN to show its leadership role, promoting coordination and cooperation between member countries and partner countries to help the region deal effectively with Covid-19.

Dr. Malcolm Cook, senior research expert at the Institute of Southeast Asia (ISEAS) based in Singapore, said that Vietnam is making great efforts as the Chair of ASEAN, and Vietnam has some advantages, according to International News.

The two PMs agreed to make joint efforts to further deepen the trustful strategic partnership between the two countries, maintain the exchange channel at high level and at the foreign, defence and economic ministerial level through flexible forms, while persistently pursuing the goal of becoming one of the top 10 trade partners of each other.

They agreed to proactively prepare for the resumption of tourism, aviation and people-to-people exchange immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control, according to Vietnam News.

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