Australia, Vietnam up for joint research on COVID-19

BYYasir Rehman


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Australia and Vietnam Thursday agreed to continue exchanges, information and experience sharing in COVID-19 prevention and control work, including possible joint research and development of vaccines and production of medical supplies and equipment.

The matter was discussed between Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh during telephonic conversation, Vietnam’s official media reported.

Both sides discussed bilateral and regional cooperation amid COVID-19 Pandemic.

Both ministers agreed to convene an annual meeting between the two foreign ministries in the 3rd quarter this year in Australia or in form of video conference to discuss measures to beef up the strategic partnership, with a focus on cooperation in healthcare, food security, and mitigation of socio-economic impacts caused by the pandemic.

Both sides also agreed to continue strengthening coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations and ASEAN-led mechanisms and over regional and international issues of common concerns, including maintenance of peace, stability and security in the East Sea on the basis of respect for international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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