New Zealand welcomes Vietnam PM with 19-gun salute

By VNA   March 10, 2024 | 05:51 pm PT
New Zealand welcomes Vietnam PM with 19-gun salute
Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) and his New Zealand counterpart, Christopher Luxon, greet each other in the Maori ritual, March 11, 2024. Photo by Nhat Bac
Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh and his spouse were welcomed in New Zealand with a 19-gun salute during a ceremony held Monday in the Kiwi traditional Maori ritual as they are on an official visit on March 10-11.

During the visit, PM Chinh is scheduled to hold talks and meetings with senior leaders of New Zealand, attend meetings with heads of associations and leading businesses of the country, engage in working sessions with local scientific, technological, and educational institutions, and meet with the Vietnamese community here.

Over nearly 50 years of diplomatic ties, the two countries’ relations have been developing unceasingly and were upgraded to a strategic partnership in July 2020.

Vietnam is currently the 14th largest trading partner of New Zealand with bilateral trade reaching US$1.3 billion in 2023.

As of November 2023, New Zealand had 52 investment projects worth $208.35 million in Vietnam, ranking 39th among 143 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, statistics showed.There are about 11,000 Vietnamese people in the South Pacific nation, mainly in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington.

The two sides will discuss measures to further enhance bilateral cooperation, including such focal and traditional areas as trade, investment, labor, education - training, and agriculture.

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