Talks with Viet Nam’s Defence Minister
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Talks with Viet Nam’s Defence
Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman
has held a bilateral meeting in Auckland today with Viet
Nam’s Minister of National Defence.
The visit by
General Phung Quang Thanh is the first to New Zealand by a
Viet Nam Minister of National Defence.
“This was a
welcome opportunity for a bilateral meeting and we discussed
a broad range of defence-related issues in Asia Pacific, as
well as opportunities for future co-operation in the
region,” said Dr Coleman.
General Thanh is in the
country until March 25th. His programme has included
meetings with the Chief of Defence, Secretary of Defence,
and a visit to the NZDF Joint Force headquarters.
Zealand enjoys a productive bilateral relationship with Viet
Nam. Prime Minister John Key visited Viet Nam twice in 2010.
Minister Thanh’s visit is the third by a Vietnamese
Politburo member to New Zealand since
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