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Australia’s Foreign Minister meets with Vietnamese students

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong had a meeting with students of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City on August 23, 2023.

The event at the university was also attended by Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Andrew Goledzinowski, and the Australian consul general in HCMC, Sarah Hooper.

The event was organized under an interactive “Town Hall” style with questions from the students and answers from the minister.

During the event, Wong emphasized the importance of investing in people as a means to achieve sustainability through the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

Wong also highlighted the importance and connection between trade and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which serves as the framework uniting the international community in the quest for shared goals that can benefit countries of all sizes and levels of influence.

The minister concluded the event with optimism in the prospect that the young generation would make significant strides on the path toward sustainability with their understanding and proactive response to climate change.

According to Prof. Dr. Su Dinh Thanh, President of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, the event was a great opportunity for students to enrich knowledge and draw inspiration from global leaders.

The event was part of Wong’s official visit to Vietnam from August 21-24 as Foreign Minister to further deepen Australia’s cooperation with Vietnam.

In 2023, Australia and Vietnam marked 50 years of diplomatic relations, underscoring the deep friendship and strategic trust between the two countries.

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