NZ, Vietnam condemn Paris attacks

  • 15/11/2015
Prime Minister John Key (L) and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung (R) shake hands at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam (AAP)
Prime Minister John Key (L) and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung (R) shake hands at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam (AAP)

By Sarah Robson

Prime Minister John Key and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung have condemned the deadly terror attacks in Paris.

Mr Key is in Hanoi, where he's leading a trade mission aimed at growing the relationship between New Zealand and Vietnam.

He held formal talks with Mr Dung this morning and the two countries have agreed to increase trade and cooperation.

At the joint press conference at the conclusion of the talks, both leaders moved to express their support for the people of Paris.

"New Zealand and Vietnam stand in condemnation of the terrorist attacks that we saw taking place in Paris," Mr Key said.

"We know that the pain and suffering that they are going through is a tremendous burden to carry and we stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they fight the evil of the terrorist attack that took place in their country."

Mr Dung expressed his "shock and strong condemnation" of the attacks.

"Together with the international community, Vietnam would like to express its condolences to the Government and people of France," he said.

"We believe that with the strong efforts of the French government, those perpetrators will be duly punished."

Meanwhile, the New Zealand and Vietnamese governments have announced a number of new agreements to boost trade.

The two countries have signed a strategic engagement plan to maximise links in international education, alumni and education policy, as well as agreements to increase cooperation in the health and aviation sectors.

In the five years between 2009 and 2014, two-way trade between New Zealand and Vietnam increased 120 percent, making it New Zealand's fastest growing market in South East Asia.

Earlier this year New Zealand and Vietnam set a goal to double two-way trade to US$1.7 billion a year by 2020.

This year also marks 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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