Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh met with New Zealand Ambassador Maike Manning on March 6 to discuss preparations for his upcoming working visit to New Zealand.

They compared notes on a number of issues of mutual concern, and agreed that the two countries have maintained their fine relations, including cooperation in military and national defence.

The New Zealand side has helped Vietnam train its military officers.

Both agreed on the need to enhance experience exchange, especially in joining United Nations peace-keeping forces.

Thanh expressed his hope that Manning will contribute to further strengthening bilateral ties and the two countries’ comprehensive cooperation in military and national defence.-VNA