|Vietnamese defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (left) meets his New Zealand counterpart Jonathan Coleman in Wellington.—VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and New Zealand will sign a co-operation agreement to elevate their defence ties.
This was decided by visiting Vietnamese Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his New Zealand counterpart Jonathan Coleman in Wellington on Thursday.
Both sides should exchange delegations at all levels as well as their military experience with a focus on navy co-operation, said Thanh during his talks with the host.
He affirmed that Viet Nam attached importance to its comprehensive partnership with New Zealand, particularly in the area of defence.
He added that Viet Nam wanted to bolster co-operation with New Zealand at multilateral forums such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+) to maintain the region's peaceful environment.
As a nation in the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand found consultation with regional countries necessary, replied Coleman.
The new agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam would help maintain peace in the region and ensure the legitimate rights towards the sea of each nation, the host said.
He went on to say that his ministry would help its Vietnamese counterpart in training, especially to raise the English language skills of Vietnamese military officials.
Coleman noted that New Zealand backed Viet Nam's initiative to set up an expert group to deal with the consequences of bombs and mines left from the war, as well as the nation's stance in settling disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law.
The same day, Thanh met New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray Mc Cully. — VNS