President Tran Dai Quang (L) and New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang lauded outgoing New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning for his dedication to further deepening bilateral comprehensive partnership during a reception in Hanoi on December 2.

The President expressed his delight at increased political ties between the two countries via the exchange of high-level visits and meetings on the sidelines of regional and global conferences and forums, as well as new progress of national defence-security ties through the establishment of the defence deputy ministerial dialogue mechanism and the maintenance of bilateral national defence dialogue.

On the back of past achievements, Quang called on ministries, agencies, localities and businesses of both countries to boost collaboration in education-training, agriculture, processing and support industries, renewable energy, clean technology, climate change response, and disaster risk management.

Vietnam welcomes New Zealand firms and stands ready to provide all possible assistance for them to do business in the country, he said.

On the occasion, he conveyed his invitation to New Zealand PM John Key to attend the High-level Week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in the central city of Da Nang in November 2017.

Manning, for his part, said apart from joint work in education-training, agriculture and food safety, New Zealand wishes to optimize the Auckland – Ho Chi Minh City direct air service to promote tourism and technology cooperation.

He added that Vietnam and New Zealand need to enhance cooperation within the framework of regional mechanisms, considering it an important factor for regional prosperity and stability.

New Zealand backs initiatives regarding regional integration such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Vietnam’s efforts for APEC Year 2017, he said./.