ASEAN seeks to promote strategic partnership with Australia

VOV.VN - The ASEAN Committee in Canberra (ACC) will continue striving to fulfil its role of serving as a bridge between ASEAN and Australia in order to raise the strategic partnership to new heights.

The agreement was reached by ambassadors of ASEAN member countries during an ACC meeting held in Canberra on July 22 aimed at outlining tasks for the committee in the second half of the year.

Participants agreed that the ACC will continue to closely coordinate with the Federal government, state governments, and Australian universities in order to quickly bring students of ASEAN countries back to Australia, and to help ASEAN to control the COVID-19 pandemic and reboot their economy.

Looking forward, both sides will seek to work closely in a bid to promote economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, including expanding work visas for citizens of ASEAN members.

The ACC Heads of Mission also agreed to actively promote the image and role of ASEAN through organising approximately 20 events over the coming months. They will work hard to strengthen connections between ASEAN and the host country, the diplomatic corps, and the local business community.

The ACC will also work alongside the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to host ASEAN Day which will commemorate the 54th founding anniversary of the bloc in August, along with other important events throughout the year.

The Heads of Mission suggested the necessity of guaranteeing the safety of citizens and diplomats of ASEAN countries in Australia amid the complex nature of the COVID-19 pandemic there.

This marks the third meeting of the ACC and the first once chaired by Vietnam this year.

Vietnam is currently assuming the Chairmanship of the ASEAN Committee in Canberra.