08:36 | 19/03/2018 Events
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, held at the International Convention Centre, on March 17.
|PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (8th from left) attends ASEAN-Australia Special Summit - Photo: VGP|
Themed “Enhancing Regional Security and Prosperity”, the event is an important platform for the ASEAN and Australian leaders to discuss the directions to enhance the strategic partnership set up between the two sides in 2014.
In his speech, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the presence of the ASEAN leaders at this event, organised for the first time in Australia under his initiative.
Later the day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the other ASEAN leaders and the Australian PM participated in numerous activities, including a meeting with former scholarship recipients of the new Colombo Programme in Southeast Asian countries and witnessed the signing of the ASEAN-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on counter-terrorism cooperation.
The MoU is considered as a historic breakthrough which will contribute to strengthening the two sides’ collaboration in ensuring regional security. Via the signed framework agreements, ASEAN and Australia have agreed to enhance their counter-terrorism cooperation in terrorist financing and violent extremism.
The document features various initiatives and framework agreements covering engineering, anti-terrorism law building, regional dialogues and seminars on electronic evidence, financial intelligence and ways to tackle online radicalisation.
The same day, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the other ASEAN leaders attended a reception hosted by PM Turnbull.
The Summit’s plenary session and a retreat meeting are scheduled to take place on March 18.
The International Counter-Terrorism Conference and the ASEAN-Australia Business Summit were held ahead of the Summit with the participation of officials, experts and representatives of the leading businesses in the region.