According to experts, the high-level talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, scheduled for July 22, will demonstrate Vietnam’s commitment to work together with New Zealand to quickly advance bilateral ties to a new high.
In 2018, a joint statement was issued during the visit to New Zealand by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, stating that both parties were keen on enhancing the comprehensive partnership towards a strategic partnership.
New Zealand opened an embassy in Hanoi and a consulate general in HCM City in November 1995, while Vietnam opened an embassy in New Zealand in May 2003 and a commercial affairs office in Auckland in 2005.
The relationship was quite good, with the establishment of a comprehensive partnership in September 2009, which is seen as a milestone helping to promote bilateral ties across fields in a more comprehensive, pragmatic, and effective manner.
New Zealand Ambassador in Vietnam Wendy Mathews said the two countries’ agricultural sectors are reciprocal. New Zealand has allowed the importation of Vietnamese mango, dragon fruit, and rambutan. In turn, Vietnam has opened its doors to New Zealand’s potatoes, frozen beef, kiwi fruit, and apples.