Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (Photo: VNA)
- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh held a virtual discussion on March 10 with New
Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta, during which they agreed to promote the
role of the two foreign ministries in bolstering cooperation between Vietnam
and New Zealand.
Both expressed their satisfaction that the strategic partnership established in
July 2020 between the two countries is developing effectively and extensively.
Mahuta congratulated Vietnam on the success of
the 13th National Party Congress and on its role as ASEAN Chair in
2020 and non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.
She also praised Vietnam's achievements in implementing the dual goals of COVID-19 containment
and socio-economic development.
For his part, Minh expressed his belief that New Zealand will
be one of the leading countries in successfully controlling the COVID-19
pandemic and restoring economic growth.
The two officials agreed to strengthen high-level exchanges and meetings, promote two-way
investment, enhance the efficiency of the economic - trade cooperation
commission mechanism, and quickly compile and sign an action programme for
implementing the Vietnam - New Zealand Strategic Partnership in 2021.
Vietnam and New Zealand will foster ODA cooperation, implement an action plan
on defence cooperation in 2018-2021, promote links between schools and
universities in the two countries, restore tourism cooperation, and promote
The two nations will also beef up coordination at
multilateral forums, including mutually supporting candidacies for UN agencies
and organisations, as well as coordinating in the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Minh pledged to work closely with New Zealand
to successfully implement APEC Year 2021.
He also took the occasion to invite Mahuta to
visit Vietnam at an appropriate time./.