Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed she will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as she prepares to fly to Europe this weekend.
Ardern detailed plans for her third “reconnecting New Zealand” diplomatic mission on Monday, confirming she would attend the Nato summit in Madrid, Spain, and meet with different world leaders in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the seat of the European Union.
Nato invited leaders from Australia, Japan and South Korea to attend its June summit. Heads of Government from the Nato members, equivalent to US President Joe Biden, would even be on the summit – in addition to non-member “partners” of Nato.
Ardern and different ministers have been on a gentle stream of diplomatic and commerce missions this yr. Ardern has visited Singapore, Japan, the US and Australia since April.
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“We’re letting the world know we are open for business, study, trade and travel once again,” she stated.
“International links are vital for New Zealand’s economic recovery from the global Covid pandemic. While virtual diplomacy has served us well, I am pleased to be able to undertake face to face meetings to profile New Zealand as a close, like minded partner that is open for business, and actively reconnecting with our European partners.”
As nicely because the Nato assembly, Ardern stated she would meet with EU leaders in Brussels alongside Trade Minister Damien O’Connor.
She would additionally meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London. In March, New Zealand and the UK signed a free trade agreement.
When the Europe journey concludes on July 2, Ardern stated she would journey to Australia for a enterprise discussion board.