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Vietnam realised its mistake: minister

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 Rashida Yosufzai

Vietnam has realised its mistake in reversing its blanket ban on the Long Tan site to allow restricted access to Australian veterans, Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan says.

Mr Tehan was not mincing his words a day earlier when he described the Vietnamese government's decision to block access to travellers commemorating the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan as "not the act of a friend".

But after Vietnam agreed to allow small groups of 100 people or less, Mr Tehan himself reversed his position, offering his heartfelt thanks for the change of heart.

"An act of a friend is when you say to them you are bitterly disappointed ... if they will pause, reconsider... and try and accommodate us," he told Sky News.

"I think that is the act of a friend - I think they have realised they've made a mistake and they've sought to address that."

Mr Tehan said there were sensitivities in Vietnam around playing loud music, flags being flown and medals being displayed.

But the nervousness was at the central government level.

Australian authorities on the ground are now making sure all people were complying with the 100-person limit visits.

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