Leaders send congratulatory messages to Australia on 45-year ties hinh anh 1The official logo of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Australia diplomatic ties makes debut on January 17. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – In 45 years, the Vietnam – Australia comprehensive partnership has been constantly enhanced and grown rapidly across sectors, Vietnamese leaders wrote in their messages sent to their Australian counterparts in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (February 26, 1973 – 2018).

President Tran Dai Quang has sent a congratulatory message to Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cabled his greetings to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan extended her messages of the same purpose to Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith and President of the Senate Scott Ryan.

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also delivered his congratulations to Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders said the upcoming upgrading of bilateral relations to strategic partnership will open up a new chapter in the history of Vietnam-Australia bilateral ties.

They stressed their belief that based on progress made by both sides over the past four decades, and increasing political trust and shared interests between the two nations, the Vietnam-Australia partnership will continue developing strongly, benefiting both peoples and contributing to peace, stability, collaboration, and development in Asia-Pacific and in the world.-VNA