Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern will travel to Sydney this week to meet with newly-elected Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.
“The relationship between New Zealand and Australia is like family,” Ms Ardern said.
“It’s fitting that as New Zealand’s Prime Minister I will be the first foreign head of government to meet with Prime Minister Albanese in Australia since he took office a couple of weeks ago.
“We are fortunate to be close neighbours who share common values, history, personal connections, and business relationships.
“This meeting also comes at an important moment in our reconnecting programme, as for New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses alike, Australia is a source of prosperity, labour, tourism, innovation, science and knowledge.”
The Prime Minister said she was looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Albanese in person following recent phone conversations.
“And I know it will be the first of many as New Zealand and Australia continue to cooperate closely in a world of increasing challenges,” she said.
“I expect on the agenda will be developments in our region like climate change, the Indo Pacific Economic Framework, AUKUS, and the upcoming Pacific Island Forum.
“New Zealand and Australia work exceptionally well together on the international stage to achieve our common goals and I know we will continue to advocate for a more stable and resilient region, defend and advance the multilateral rules based system, and maintain momentum on our world-leading economic integration.”
The Prime Minister will leave New Zealand late Thursday afternoon, 9 June, and return the evening of Friday, 10 June.