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Peters' working visit to the Russian Federation

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs

20 April 2006

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER WINSTON PETERS AND THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

Peters' working visit to the Russian Federation

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has completed a working visit to the Russian Federation on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov.

The negotiations were held in Moscow, covering a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the development of relations between Russia and New Zealand in various spheres and undertook to further consider simplification of travel arrangements between the two countries.

The Russian Federation and New Zealand share a commitment to the creation of a fair democratic global system based on strict adherence to the UN Charter and norms of international law. They therefore welcome the important progress made towards achieving the objectives of UN reform agreed by leaders at the 2005 World Summit in New York and are strongly supportive of the current UN reform effort.

Other international issues were also discussed, including the situation with Iran’s nuclear programme, as well as the Korean peninsula nuclear problem.

The parties pointed out the successful cooperation within the G8 Global Partnership Programme. Sergei Lavrov highly commended the efforts of New Zealand in maintaining security and stability in the South Pacific.

Mr Peters invited S.V. Lavrov to visit New Zealand. The invitation was accepted with gratitude. Dates of the visit will be coordinated via diplomatic channels.

ENDS


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