Wednesday, April 17, 2024

US Secretary of State to visit NZ

United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will visit Aotearoa New Zealand next week for bilateral meetings and to attend a FIFA Women’s World Cup match.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand was delighted to host Secretary Blinken on his first official visit to Aotearoa.

“Our countries have a strong and longstanding relationship, which is based on close cooperation across our many shared values and issues of strategic interest to us both,” said Ms Mahuta. 

Secretary Blinken will be hosted in Wellington on 26-27 July, and will undertake a formal bilateral meeting with Minister Mahuta, and meet with Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins. 

“I look forward to productive discussions with Secretary Blinken on global and regional security issues that matter to both our countries including, our wider bilateral relationship, the war in Ukraine, climate change, Pacific resilience and regional economic recovery,” Ms Mahuta said. 

“I’m confident this visit will further our strong relationship and it continues to grow from strength to strength.”

Secretary Blinken will be welcomed to Wellington with an official Pōwhiri at Parliament.

Outside of bilateral meetings, he will undertake sporting and cultural engagements – including cheering on the United States Women’s National Team in their match against the Netherlands.

“Co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup provides a great opportunity through some good old-fashioned sports diplomacy to strengthen our international relationships,” Ms Mahuta said

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