Saturday, May 25, 2024

US Secretary of State kicks off NZ engagements

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta in Wellington this morning, while also taking the opportunity to wish the USA women’s soccer team the very best of luck for the remainder of their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

Minister Mahuta said the meeting with Secretary Blinken was a chance to reaffirm the two nations’ close partnership.

“The United States is one of New Zealand’s closest friends and a hugely important partner,” Ms Mahuta said.

“Our countries are bound closely by our shared values and interests, including our commitment to democracy, addressing climate change, the international rules-based system, human rights, and a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“We already have extensive business collaboration across many areas, including new emerging sectors.”

She said the pair also discussed US economic engagement in the region, while reaffirming New Zealand’s commitment to Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

“We’re continuing to cooperate and support the Pacific in addressing the regional challenges they’ve identified – with many regional leaders being clear the damaging effects of climate change are the most pressing issue they face,” Minister Mahuta said.

Also high on the agenda was the respective countries’ interest in security in the Indo-Pacific and work to support a peaceful, safe, prosperous, and resilient Pacific region. Ongoing support for Ukraine as it continues to fight against Russia’s illegal invasion was also discussed.

“I also took the opportunity to thank Secretary Blinken for his personal support of the Women’s FIFA World Cup – it’s heartening to see the world get behind our incredible female athletes, and an event that is providing a boost to our economic recovery,” the Minister said. 

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