New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hon John Key, visits Viet Nam

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hon John Key, made an official visit to Viet Nam 10-12 July to mark the 35th anniversary of bilateral relations.

During his visit he met with President, HE Mr Nguyen Minh Triet, Vice President, HE Madame Nguyen Thi Doan, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and Standing Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, HE Mr Truong Tan Sang.

Prime Minister Key also visited the Mausoleum of the late President Ho Chi Minh and laid a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs, and was offered a ceremonial welcome outside the Presidential Palace.

To mark the 35th anniversary Prime Minister Key hosted a celebratory dinner inviting representatives of all aspects of the bilateral relationship including political/government, business, aid, academic, and other non governmental linkages. He also had the opportunity to meet with New Zealand businesses with interests in Viet Nam and some of their Vietnamese business associates.

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, HE Mr Nong Duc Manh, visited New Zealand in September 2009 and there have been other regular high level visits in both directions in recent years.

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