The Prime Ministers of Viet Nam and Australia, on the occasion of Prime Minister Morrison's first official visit to Viet Nam from 22 to 24 August 2019, reiterated their mutual commitment to a strong and ambitious bilateral relationship during their talks.

Prime Minister: On behalf of my delegation, we are all very pleased to be here with all of you today. We embraced as I arrived because we are friends, and Australia and Viet Nam are good friends. 

I will travel to Hanoi, Viet Nam from 22 to 24 August 2019 as part of my Government’s continued engagement with our neighbours, partners and allies around the world.

Our relationship with Viet Nam has never been stronger. On my first official visit as Prime Minister to Viet Nam I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to discuss ways to drive forward the strategic partnership we established in 2018.

Our focus will be on strengthening economic, security and people to people cooperation between our two countries.

The Morrison Government is reaffirming its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf by announcing it will support an international maritime security mission.

This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

Australia’s contribution will include the deployment of:

And today of all days I want to widen the circle to all who serve the Australian public in the APS; those of you in this room, or across Australia, wherever you happen to be in every state and territory as well as overseas, thank you for what you do for our country and all of your fellow citizens.

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