Hanoi (VNA) – New Zealand wishes to boost friendship and cooperation with Vietnam in various fields, Prime Minister John Key told Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on November 16.
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (Source :VNA)|
Impressed by Vietnam’s socio-economic progress and its role in the region, PM Key affirmed the importance of promoting mutually beneficial collaboration with Vietnam in prioritised fields, including agriculture, agricultural trade, education and aviation.
The two sides see greater cooperation 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 Vietnam visit, especially at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1975-2015).
He stressed the Vietnamese Party and Government’s consistent policy of attaching importance to cooperation with traditional friends, including New Zealand.
He expressed his wish for fostering closer ties between the two ruling parties, parliaments and peoples.
The two countries need to enhance cooperation in fields to realise the Action Programme for 2013-2016, deepening the comprehensive partnership towards the strategic partnership between Vietnam and New Zealand, he said.-VNA