Tuesday, June 18, 2024

FM headed to South East Asia meetings

Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, will travel to South East Asia this week.

Mr Peters departs for the region tomorrow, Tuesday 4 June, and will visit: 

  • Viet Nam (5-6 June), meeting Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, and Chairman of Central Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung. 
  • Malaysia (7–8 June), meeting Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and holding the inaugural Foreign Ministers Meeting under the New Zealand-Malaysia Strategic Partnership. 
  • Philippines (9-10 June), meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo.
  • Timor-Leste (11-12 June), meeting President José Ramos-Horta and other members with Timor-Leste’s political leadership. This will be the first visit to Timor-Leste by a New Zealand Foreign Minister in over a decade.   

“South East Asia is critical to maintaining and building New Zealand’s security and prosperity,” the Foreign Minister said. 

“My travel to the region is a further demonstration of the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to boosting New Zealand’s engagement with South East Asia.” 

Mr Peters will arrive back in New Zealand on 13 June.

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