While receiving visiting NZ Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman in Hanoi on November 25, Dung lauded the result of talks between the two defence ministers, which he said will make an important contribution to strengthening bilateral friendship and cooperation.
|PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding
on defence cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand (Photo:VGP)
He noted Vietnam-NZ relations are developing well in all areas, bringing practical benefits to both sides, and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region.
Vietnam attaches importance to increasing mutually beneficial cooperation with New Zealand, said Dung.
He expressed his hope New Zealand will support ASEAN in realising the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the East Sea and formulating the Code of Conduct (COC) to ensure maritime safety and security in the sea.
Coleman told the PM that the NZ government wants to promote multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam.
He briefed his host on the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two defence ministries, under which both sides will increase consultations at bilateral and multilateral forums, and strengthen cooperation in naval affairs and English language and skill training for Vietnamese army units.
He said New Zealand is willing to closely cooperate with Vietnam at regional forums, and support the country’s bid to join the UN peacekeeping operation.