|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during his working visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — New Zealand wishes to boost friendship and co-operation with Viet Nam in various fields, Prime Minister John Key told Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Ha Noi yesterday.
Impressed by Viet Nam's socio-economic progress and its role in the region, PM Key affirmed the importance of promoting mutually beneficial collaboration with Viet Nam in prioritised fields, including agriculture, trade, education and aviation.
The two sides saw greater co-operation chances generated by the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and the Australia-New Zealand-ASEAN free trade agreement, he noted.
The PM went on to highlight the importance of both nations' increasing mutual support at regional and international forums.
Party General Secretary Trong hailed the significance of PM Key's Viet Nam visit, especially at a time when the two countries were celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1975-2015).
He stressed the Vietnamese Party and Government's consistent policy of attaching importance to co-operation with traditional friends, including New Zealand.
He expressed his wish to foster closer ties between the two ruling parties, parliaments and peoples.
The two countries needed to enhance co-operation in all fields to realise the Action Programme for 2013-2016, deepening their comprehensive partnership towards a strategic partnership between Viet Nam and New Zealand, he said.
|President Truong Tan Sang meets with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during his working visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
President Truong Tan Sang expressed his approval of bilateral co-operation in all sectors between Viet Nam and New Zealand during a reception for visiting NZ Prime Minister John Key.
He said he believes Prime Minister Key's visit to Viet Nam will be an impetus to boost the two countries' relations.
The President said he appreciated New Zealand's support for Viet Nam at international forums and the country's stance on the East Sea issue.
He said the international community, including New Zealand, plays a crucial role in maintaining regional stability, accelerating the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), while refraining from militarising, expanding or complicating the situation.
Prime Minister Key said his entourage includes a considerable number of agencies and enterprises seeking co-operative opportunities in Viet Nam.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, of which both New Zealand and Viet Nam are members, will pave the way for the two nations to become strategic partners, he affirmed.
He informed the President about the increasing number of Vietnamese students and tourists in New Zealand.
He said he looks forward to meeting Viet Nam's leaders at the upcoming APEC forum held in Manila, the Philippines.
|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key showed commitment to intensifying bilateral links across politics, economics, trade, investment and people-to-people exchanges during their meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.
The NA leader hailed the visit which came on the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
He spoke highly of the outcome of his guest's talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and assured that the Vietnamese legislature backs the promotion of friendly and all-around collaboration with New Zealand.
Introducing the 70-year tradition of the Vietnamese NA, the host said a number of laws are being aligned with the 2013 Constitution to better ensure human rights and citizen rights with freedom and democracy.
PM Key said his delegation is accompanied by business players seeking opportunities in Viet Nam.
He emphasised that the New Zealand parliament continually wants to extend partnerships between the two countries. — VNS