Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh stressed that Vietnam treasures the development of its relations with New Zealand during talks with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern in Hanoi on November 14.
PM Chinh congratulated New Zealand on successfully containing the COVID-19 pandemic and recovering its economy. He thanked New Zealand for offering timely vaccines and medical supplies to Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic.
|At the talks__Photo: VNA
PM Ardern, for her part, asserted that New Zealand always attaches importance to strengthening ties with Vietnam, one of its key strategic partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the region.
The two PMs expressed their satisfaction with the effective and practical development of the bilateral relations over the past years. Accordingly, the 2021-2024 Action Program for the implementation of the bilateral strategic partnership has been actively pushed forward with concrete results.
They agreed to increase the exchange of visits and meetings at all levels via the Party, National Assembly and Government channels, well prepare for the upcoming New Zealand visit by National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, and encourage people-to-people and locality-to-locality exchanges, and consider the establishment of new cooperation frameworks and mechanisms.
Speaking highly of the positive progress in defense, security and judicial cooperation, both leaders consented to expand partnerships to other areas such as defense industry; military medicine; UN peacekeeping; fight against cyber security, transnational crimes, and terrorism; disaster prevention and control, search and rescue; negotiations towards signing agreements on extradition and transfer of sentenced persons, mutual judicial assistance in criminal and civil matters.
As there remains ample room to further boost trade ties, they suggested ministries and agencies concerned further open the markets for each other’s farm produce toward raising bilateral trade to 2 billion USD by 2024. The two sides also pledged to effectively implement regional free trade agreements to which both nations are members.
The Vietnamese Government will create conditions and encourage New Zealand businesses to invest in Vietnam in areas that New Zealand has strength and Vietnam has demand such as education and training, manufacturing and processing industry, agriculture, forestry, fishery and construction, PM Chinh said, proposing New Zealand offer all possible support to Vietnamese enterprises to do business in the Pacific country.
The host hailed New Zealand's continued provision of ODA for Vietnam, focusing on the fields of agriculture, climate change response, health and innovation.
Both leaders agreed to continue promoting cooperation in other areas such as education-training, tourism, aviation, culture, tourism, sports, labor, and agro-forestry-fishery. They were delighted that the two countries did and will recognize each other’s market for several types of fruits.
Speaking highly of the signing of cooperation agreements in education and civil transport during the visit, they agreed to direct ministries and agencies concerned to discuss and sign more deals on tourism and culture, and expand cooperation to new fields like climate change response, digital transformation and green growth.
On this occasion, PM Ardern informed that New Zealand has decided to temporarily double the quota for Vietnamese citizens to join the working holiday program.
Both leaders expressed their support for continued close cooperation and coordination at regional and global forums. PM Ardern asserted that New Zealand treasures the development of its strategic partnership with ASEAN and always backs ASEAN’s central role.
New Zealand will continue to actively support cooperation in the Mekong sub-region under the "Friends of the Mekong" mechanism and is ready to push forward cooperation between New Zealand and Vietnam, and countries in the South Pacific region, she said.
On the East Sea issue, the two PMs underscored the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, promoting dialogue, enhancing trust, and settling disputes via peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Following the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries and talked with the press about the results of their talks.- (VNA/VLLF)