President welcomes New Zealand Prime Minister hinh anh 1President Truong Tan Sang (Source :VNA)
Hanoi (VNA)President Truong Tan Sang expressed his delight at bilateral cooperation in all sectors between Vietnam and New Zealand during his reception for visiting NZ Prime Minister John Key in Hanoi on November 16.

He said he believes the Key’s current visit to Vietnam will be an impetus to boosting the two countries’ relations in the coming time.

The President appreciated New Zealand’s support for Vietnam at international forums and Vietnam’s stance on the East Sea issue.

He said the international community, including New Zealand, plays a crucial role in maintaining regional stability, accelerating the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), and not militarising, expanding, or complicating the situation.

For his part, Prime Minister Key said his entourage includes a considerable number of agencies and enterprises seeking cooperation opportunities in Vietnam.

The Trans-pacific partnership, of which both New Zealand and Vietnam are members, will pave the way for the two nations to become strategic partners, he affirmed.

He informed his host about the increasing number of Vietnamese students and tourists to New Zealand.

He said he is looking forwards to meeting Vietnam’s leaders at the upcoming APEC forum held in Manila, the Philippines.-VNA