WELLINGTON — Viet Nam always attaches importance to strengthening comprehensive relations with New Zealand.
|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae on his official visit to New Zealand. — VNA/VNS Photo Do Quyen
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the statement while meeting New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae yesterday in New Zealand.
Phuc congratulated New Zealand on its achievements in the cause of national construction and development, especially in restoring Christchurch after the earthquake.
He said he believed that New Zealand would continue to raise its profile on the world stage.
He also stressed the importance of increasing mutual visits by high-ranking delegations.
Meanwhile, the governor-general of New Zealand congratulated Viet Nam on its recent achievements and expressed his pleasure at the development of relations between the two countries.
He spoke highly of Viet Nam's potential, affirming that New Zealand would co-operate more closely with Viet Nam to further boost the two countries' relations, especially in economics, trade, investment, tourism, education and training.
On the same day, Phuc held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English.
English said he believed Phuc's visit would contribute to further consolidating and enhancing relations between the two countries.
He also extended thanks to the Vietnamese Government and people for their support in restoring earthquake-devastated Christchurch.
Phuc said he highly valued the effective assistance and co-operation New Zealand had given Viet Nam.
The two sides spoke highly of the fine developments in their comprehensive partnership and agreed on measures to complete the Viet Nam-New Zealand action plan in the 2010-13 period in order to develop the two countries' relations more widely, deeply and effectively.
The two sides agreed to increase high-level meetings and boost people-to-people exchanges, especially in education, training and tourism.
They also agreed that the two countries should make more efforts to tap their potential and take advantages of opportunities to enhance trade and investment.
English said he highly valued Viet Nam's investment potential and promised to create better conditions for Vietnamese commodities to enter the New Zealand market, particularly seafood and fruit.
New Zealand also pledged to provide more overseas development assistance to Viet Nam, especially in education and training.
The two sides affirmed their intention to continue to co-operate with each other at regional and international forums, including supporting each other's candidacies to UN agencies as well as in the negotiations of the Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement.
They both agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security, maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea.
Phuc also met a number of New Zealand ministers. — VNS