The warmth of the reception is as enthusiastic here with you, my old friend, as it was when we were enjoying the Banh Mi with Luke Nguyen and the children this morning.
Thank you Mr President, you’re wonderful, generous hosts and I am looking forward to discussing so many issues. Congratulations on holding a very outstanding APEC.
Australia and Peru have finalised a comprehensive trade agreement that will generate exports, income and jobs.
Prime Minister: Now, this is Luke Nguyen, as everyone knows, star of stage and screen and star of MasterChef Vietnam.
I am pleased to announce that Australia and Vietnam will enhance our bilateral relationship to the level of a Strategic Partnership.
You know, our prosperity is built on two foundations of free trade and open markets, which is what APEC is all about - it is an economic forum.
In 2018, Australia and Vietnam will celebrate our 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Over this period, our economic futures have become increasingly entwined.
We’ve had a constructive discussion with the Leader of the Opposition and Senator Wong on the draft resolution that we published on Monday.
At both APEC and the EAS I look forward to meeting many of my counterparts to advance Australia’s economic and strategic interests.
Literally, full transparency. Now, that’s what I set out. I did that on Monday.
Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
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