Officials from Ireland and Vietnam met on the 24th September 2012 to sign an agreement on inter-country adoption that allows resumption of adoptions between the two countries after they were suspended in 2009. The agreement was signed by Dr Nguyen Van Binh, for the Vietnamese Central Authority, and by Dr Geoffrey Shannon in the presence of Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. The agreement marks the first international administrative agreement on inter-country adoption by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since the latter ratified the Hague Convention on inter-country adoption. The Hague Adoption Convention is an international pact that deals with global adoption, child trafficking and child laundering. Officials from both countries expressed hope that the agreement would act as a model for ones to come between other Hague-contracting States in regard to inter-country adoption.
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