PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) presents a special gift to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged to maintain the provision of official assistance development (ODA) and scholars for Vietnam during a meeting with her Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Da Nang city on November 10.

She spoke highly of Vietnam’s role as the host of the APEC Year 2017, believing that the success of this APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting will create a new driving force for and maintain the growth pace of the Asia-Pacific region.

She also appreciated Vietnam’s hosting of a meeting of 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders, affirming to coordinate closely with Vietnam and other members to set forth an appropriate way for TPP in the time ahead.

PM Phuc thanked New Zealand for its aid worth 500,000 NZD (347,700 USD) for storm-hit localities in Vietnam.

Both host and guest agreed to intensify delegation exchanges and boost trade ties in order to raise two-way trade to 1.7 billion USD by 2020.

They also exchanged views on several regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea issue. They agreed that disputes need to be solved by peaceful means on the basis of respecting international law.

The New Zealand PM is in Da Nang city to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, stated for November 10-11.-VNA