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Australian foreign minister to visit Aotearoa

Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne (pictured) will visit Aotearoa New Zealand for the first face-to-face Foreign Ministers’ Consulations since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.

“Australia is New Zealand’s closest and most important international partner. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Hon Marise Payne to Aotearoa so soon after quarantine-free travel begins,” said Minister Mahuta.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, as throughout our history, our countries have worked together extremely closely. This visit symbolises the success of our respective COVID-19 strategies as we take our first step to reconnect with the world,” she said.

“The trans-Tasman relationship is overwhelmingly positive. Our people are closely connected, our economies are deeply integrated. These biannual discussions are a chance to cover the full range of foreign policy matters important to both countries, including key regional and global issues.”

Minister Payne will be accompanied on her visit by Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja (pictured, right), who will have a separate programme and will meet with Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.

The delegation will be in New Zealand from April 21 to 23.

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