Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Afghan Government Wants Closer Links With NZ

23 January 2002

The Afghan interim government has indicated to Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Matt Robson that it would like closer relations with New Zealand.

New Zealand has also been offered the use of facilities in the British embassy in Kabul, says Matt Robson.

Matt Robson met with Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Abdullah, and Torek Faradi the key economic advisor to the new president, Hamid Karzai.

“We have agreed to some sort of diplomatic relations with the new government in Afghanistan. That could mean the appointment of an honorary consul from the Afghan community in New Zealand.”

Further discussions will need to take place, says Matt Robson.

Negotiations with his counterpart in the British government, Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short successfully concluded with the offer of British embassy facilities in Kabul.

“The Afghan Interim government has indicated that it can put a New Zealand C130 plane to use as soon as it arrives,” says Matt Robson.

“They are particularly interested in getting dried milk products and meat killed according to Halal protocol from New Zealand to Afghanistan.

“I was told that Afghanistan would also like to use our expertise in banking systems. The interim government is aware of the work that New Zealand Post has done in other countries in setting up systems.

“They are also keen to take up the offer of help to re-build government infrastructure and agricultural systems,” says Matt Robson.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election