Hanoi | Vietnam
Following the invitation by President Tran Dai Quang, Australian Governor Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove visits Vietnam to commemorate 45 years of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. The visit has been scheduled to take place from May 23rd to May 25th.
March saw the establishment of the new Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and Australia and has been high on both countries’ agendas. Sir Peter Cosgrove is the second Governor General of Australia to visit Vietnam. The official visit marks an increasing beneficial relationship between the two countries. These are represented in the fields of defense, education and business.
The visit has been scheduled to be packed with events, dinners and functions throughout the trip. The three-day visit will see a total of 20 official engagements to take place. Both Lady Cosgrove and Governor General Peter Cosgrove arrived in Hanoi with a very warm and welcoming reception. Following their arrival, their excellencies were met with members of the Australian community members after which they attended the official reception hosted by President Tran Dai Quang.
Following the official engagement was a ceremony of offering flowers at the Heroes’ Monument, the martyrs of Bac Son, Governor Peter Cosgrove then met with top leaders of Vietnam. Senior representatives from Vietnam together with Lady Cosgrove and her husband attended the 45th Anniversary of Australia-Vietnam as part of the program with Ho Chi Minh City. Thereafter they visited the officers of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Vietnam in order to acknowledge the countries’ growing defense-ties. Sir Peter Cosgrove later commented on the strong connections in business and education between Australia and Vietnam during a speech at the RMIT University campus.