Australia's new foreign minister to visit Vietnam

By Tien Tam   June 23, 2022 | 10:44 pm PT
Australia's new foreign minister to visit Vietnam
Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong at a conference in Wellington, New Zealand, June 16, 2022. Photo by Reuters
Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong will visit Vietnam starting Sunday, her ministry has announced.

Coming at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, she is expected to hold discussions on fostering the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership and the ASEAN-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership, and regional and global issues of mutual interest, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said.

Wong was Australia's first Minister for Climate Change in 2007-10 and Minister for Finance in 2010-13.

She became foreign minister last month.

Vietnam and Australia established diplomatic relations in 1973 and became strategic partners in 2018.

Trade between the two countries last year was worth US$12.4 billion, about 50 percent more than in 2020.

Both countries aim to be among each other's top 10 commercial partners and to double investments by both sides.

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