PRIME MINISTER OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM – TRANSLATION:
On behalf of my Government I want to extend to you congratulations on your re-election. I have to say that Vietnamese people have a strong affection for Australian people. It is evident in the number of Vietnamese students in Australia. Of the 90,000 ASEAN students from Australia there are over 13,000 from Vietnam. [Inaudible] Australia is a multicultural country with a mutual respect for society.
Thank you very much Prime Minister, it is wonderful to see you. We’ve spoken on the telephone but there is no substitute for meeting in person here today and having a very good discussion.
Thank you very much for your congratulations and for the way it was evident yesterday that we had a common viewpoint on important issues both economic development and of maritime security.
With so much to discuss and so much in common I look forward to having a very good detailed discussion now.