Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman pledged to continue contributing to stepping up his country’s cooperation with Vietnam when saying farewell to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on May 31.

PM Phuc hailed the outgoing Ambassador’s accomplishments in his working term in Vietnam, citing strong developments across economics, trade, tourism, education and training, employment, transport, security and defence between the two countries.

He said he is impressed with Australia having hosted the largest number of Vietnamese students abroad, with around 30,000 as counted.

He expressed his hope that the two will accelerate people-to-people exchanges, farm produce export and labour cooperation.

Ambassador Hugh Borrowman informed that Cao Lanh bridge, which is being built with Australia’s development assistance, will be inaugurated in 2017, ahead of schedule.

The diplomat said some kinds of Vietnam’s fresh fruits are being sold in Australia and hopes to see the entry of others.

He noted with belief that the bilateral relations will thrive in economics, trade and people-to-people exchange.-VNA