The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia visited New Zealand
Discussions regarding shared global and regional issuesFebruary 12th, 2019
From 8th to 9th of February, the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne visited New Zealand to meet with Winston Peters, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. The meeting was held in Auckland and was a formal six-monthly foreign policy discussions between the two countries.
As two independent countries, New Zealand and Australia are vital bilateral partners that have a strong relationship. The meeting was a part of the regular foreign policy between the countries, and according to Mr Peters the meeting sought to “ensure that the trans-Tasman relationship is working effectively”. Further discussions were conducted around global and regional issues where New Zealand and Australia have shared interests. Discussions were also held regarding subjects such as migration and trade. They both have an opinion that if they work together, they can maximise their efforts.
The last time the ministers met was in November at Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC. The next meeting will take place in Auckland at the end of February at the annual meeting of New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers.