Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng met Speaker of New Zealand House of Representatives Trevor Mallard on Friday as part of his visit to New Zealand from November 27-29.— VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng met Speaker of New Zealand House of Representatives Trevor Mallard on Friday as part of his visit to New Zealand from November 27-29.
Mallard underlined the significance of the visit with the two countries preparing to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and striving to lift their comprehensive partnership to a new height.
The two sides need to continue their support for multilateralism and free trade, he said, noting that New Zealand supports Việt Nam’s stance and efforts by ASEAN member nations to find rational solutions to the East Sea issue on the basis of respect for international law.
For his part, Deputy PM Dũng highly valued the development of the partnership between the two countries, expressing his hope that the New Zealand Parliament will help the two countries strengthen ties in all fields, especially defence-security, trade, investment, agriculture, education, culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange.
He called on New Zealand to continue providing development aid for Việt Nam, focusing on education-training, agriculture, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk management. He also asked the parliament and the government of New Zealand to continue supporting the Vietnamese community there.
In meetings with leaders of several ministries of New Zealand, Dũng proposed the two sides work to promote the resumption of direct flights, towards facilitating trade and tourism development, and expanding people-to-people exchanges.
He hoped New Zealand would continue to support Việt Nam in training human resources for the aviation industry.
Meeting Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ben King and representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Dũng proposed the two foreign ministries promote delegation exchanges and high-level meetings, strengthening mutual trust and understanding between the two peoples. —VNS