New Zealand, Vietnam agree on Action Plan

14:37, July 22, 2010      

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New Zealand and Vietnam have agreed to an ambitious Action Plan to guide the bilateral relationship over the medium term, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced on Thursday.

McCully who is in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a range of regional meetings, signed the Action Plan during a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem.

Last year New Zealand and Vietnam agreed to elevate the relationship to one of Comprehensive Partnership in recognition of the importance of the relationship to both countries, McCully said in a statement.

"The Action Plan identifies specific initiatives across a range of areas such as trade and investment, aid, education, science and technology, trans-boundary cooperation, and collaboration in regional and international organizations.

"Vietnam is a close and valued partner for New Zealand both bilaterally and within Asia more broadly, where we share the common objective of working to ensure the long term peace and stability of the region," said McCully.

The New Zealand foreign minister is also attending the ASEAN- New Zealand Post Ministerial Conference; the ASEAN Regional Forum; East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' consultations, and the South West Pacific Dialogue meeting.

Source: Xinhua


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