|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating, who said his country was willing to share its UN peacekeeping experience with Viet Nam.
Keating said New Zeal-and would continue implementing an English language and skills training programme for Vietnamese officers.
He said he appreciated the two countries' defence consultants while hoping for the early organisation of the first defence strategic dialogue at the deputy ministerial level.
Deputy PM Minh confirmed that Viet Nam attached importance to its friendship, cooperation and comprehensive partnership with New Zealand, which had brought practical benefits to both countries' people and development in the region.
He asked the two sides to actively co-ordinate to fully and effectively realise agreements reached during Prime Minister Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's official visit to New Zealand in March.
He also said he is satisfied with activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year.
For regional and international situations, both host and guest emphasised the importance of peace, stability and maritime security, safety and freedom for development and prosperity in the region.
Also yesterday, Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh received Keating.
|Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (R) receives Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Trong Duc
General Thanh stated that over the past 40 years, Viet Nam and New Zealand have enjoyed a growing comprehensive partnership that benefits both sides and contributes to peace, stability and development in the region.
The minister said he believes Keating's visit will contribute to fostering defence affiliations between the two countries.
Keating said his visit aimed to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the two armies and peoples.
Earlier, Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty held talks with Lieut. Gen. Keating, during which both sides discussed regional and international issues together with matters of shared concern.
They outlined measures to bolster bilateral defence collaboration, including establishing an academic exchange mechanism among training and research facilities as well as sharing experiences in search and rescue, aviation safety, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. —VNS