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PM discusses East Sea with NZ minister of defence

Update: November, 26/2013 - 08:55
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam said it hopes New Zealand would support ASEAN in implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) to ensure the safety of East Sea marine life.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement yesterday while meeting with New Zealand Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman in Ha Noi.

He noted that the friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and New Zealand was continuing in all fields, bringing practical benefits to both countries and contributing to regional peace, stability and development.

Dung noted that the Vietnamese Government supported the co-operation between the two ministries of defence, especially in the training of personnel, through which relations between both countries would be improved.

For his part, Minister Coleman said New Zealand's Government attached great importance to boosting its many areas of co-operation with Viet Nam.

He added that he and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, had signed a memorandum of understanding to raise bilateral defence co-operation to a new level.

Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (R) and New Zealand Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman had signed a memorandum of understanding to raise bilateral defence co-operation to a new level.—VNA/VNS Photo

Under the memorandum, the two countries agreed to increase consultations at multilateral forums and bilateral dialogues, while expanding co-operation in English language and skill training for Viet Nam's army units, he said.

Coleman added that New Zealand backed Viet Nam's participation in the United Nations' peacekeeping force and ASEAN's implementation of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

Earlier during their talks, Coleman and Thanh said they were pleased by the sound development and practical co-operation between the two ministries in recent years, which are based on mutual respect and the common benefit of Viet Nam and New Zealand.

Further, Viet Nam stands ready to co-operate with New Zealand in maritime security and other fields of security, Thanh said.

The two ministers exchanged views on several regional and international issues of mutual concern, with a hope to foster peace, friendship, co-operation and development, said officials. — VNS

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