Australian PM Tony Abbott (R) welcomes PM Nguyen Tan Dung (Photo: VNA)
(VOVworld) - A number of major Australian newspapers including The Australia, Financial Review, SkyNews, and Sydney Morning Herald, ran articles highlighting the outcomes achieved during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s recently concluded visit to Australia from March 17-18. Channel 9News reported that Australia and Vietnam had signed a broad-ranging deal covering issues from security to climate change. It quoted Australian PM Tony Abbott as saying that relations between the two nations would be further strengthened and the Trans-Pacific Partnership should be finalized this year. The next step would be to develop 2015-2017 action plans.
The Australian cited comments from the University of New South Wales' Carl Thayer that the visit by the Vietnamese leader will revitalize the partnership. Vietnam, he says, has been looking to deepen diplomatic ties in defence, security, education and infrastructure investment. Meanwhile, Skynews, the Australian and others reported that Vietnamese military forces will train alongside Australian defence personnel.
Australia and Vietnam have a strong shared interest in regional peace and stability, Abbott was quoted as saying.
The newspapers mentioned that both leaders also discussed greater cooperation between the two nations' special forces and agreed on the need for maritime security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea.