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Foreign Minister to attend Gallipoli ANZAC Day service

Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, will represent the New Zealand Government at Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula next week.

“The Gallipoli campaign is a defining event in our history. It will be a privilege to share the occasion with all those New Zealanders who have travelled across the globe to attend,” said Mr Peters.

“It is an honour to return once again as Foreign Minister to the site which, as the resting place for so many of our war-dead, has become a sacred place for New Zealanders.” 

At Gallipoli, Mr Peters will participate in the Anzac Dawn Service, and later the New Zealand National Service at Chunuk Bair. He will also attend the Australian National Service at Lone Pine. 

Mr Peters’ programme in Istanbul will include meetings with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan. He will also have engagements with New Zealand companies exporting into the Turkish market.

“New Zealand and Türkiye share a warm relationship, built upon our shared Gallipoli heritage. We cooperate on trade, defence, education and disaster response, and our engagements in Türkiye will be an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” Mr Peters says.

“New Zealand greatly values Turkish insights on regional issues, and this travel will allow us to share information and perspectives on the situation in the Middle East, including the urgent situation in Gaza, and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,” Mr Peters says. 

Mr Peters will depart New Zealand on 22 April and return on 28 April.

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