Governor General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae left Ho Chi Minh City on August 8, concluding his six-day State-level visit to Vietnam.

During his visit, the Governor General held talks with President Truong Tan Sang and met with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.

At the meetings, the two sides expressed pleasure at the positive development of the all-round ties between Vietnam and New Zealand, and agreed to promote existing cooperation mechanisms to develop the bilateral relationship in a deep, practical and mutual beneficial manner.

Vietnam affirmed it attaches importance and wants to further foster its comprehensive cooperation with New Zealand , particularly in economics, trade and investment.

The Vietnamese leaders expressed wish to receive continued support and close coordination from New Zealand in coping with climate change and sea level rise, researching clean energy technology, and developing high-quality agricultural economic facilities, and environment protection for sustainable development.

Vietnam appreciated New Zealand’s maintenance of ODA provision, which significantly contributes to the country’s socio-economic development.

The two sides reached consensus on further promoting investment and cooperation, striving to raise two-way trade to an impressive figure in the coming time.

When being in Vietnam, the Governor General laid a wreath in tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and attended a ceremony celebrating Vietnam-New Zealand education cooperation.-VNA