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Bilateral meeting of External Affairs Minister with Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand

February 26, 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand H.E. Mr. Winston Peters, accompanied by Trade Minister Mr. David Parker and business delegation are visiting India from February 25-28, 2020.

Dy. PM and Foreign Minister met with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar on Feb 26, 2020 and reviewed the state of bilateral relations and discussed steps to intensify political, economic, defence, security and people to people relations.

The meeting was followed by a working dinner at Hyderabad house, which was joined by Trade Minister Peters who also met Hon’ble Commerce & Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal on February 26, 2020. Minister Parker also met Hon’ble Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman on February 26, 2020.

Dy. PM Peters will be meeting Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate change Shri Prakash Javdekar on Feb 27, 2020. The New Zealand delegation will be visiting Mumbai and will also interact with Indian industries.

New Zealand Dy. PM had released the New strategic paper "India 2025- Investing in the relationship”, which is a continuation of the NZ Inc. India Strategy 2011, prior to his visit to India. EAM stated that the paper is reflective of the desire to strengthen bilateral ties, a mutually shared objective. India thanked New Zealand for its support for Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative(IPOI) and on the International Solar Alliance(ISA) to promote cooperation on solar energy and climate action.

Both sides exchanged views on their respective approaches in the Indo-Pacific region; and agreed to work together in East Asia Summit and relevant forums. They emphasized the importance of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law including UNCLOS for peace and stability in the region. They also agreed that a stable international trading environment is essential and agreed to constructively engage in WTO. New Zealand conveyed support for India’s permanent membership of UN Security Council.

The growing Indian diaspora and students in New Zealand forms a strong link between the two nations, contributing positively to the close partnership between the two countries.

New Delhi
February 26, 2020

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