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


Minister holds forward-looking discussions with Ri

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs

20 July 2006
Media statement

Minister holds forward-looking discussions with Rice

The bilateral relationship and a wide range of pressing international issues were discussed when Foreign Minister Winston Peters met United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington this afternoon.

“Clearly events in the Middle East were uppermost in the Secretary’s mind, but we also talked at some length about our bilateral relationship," Mr Peters said.

"I took the opportunity to underline to the Secretary my personal commitment to doing everything I can to strengthen links with the US.

"New Zealand's friendship with the United States goes back many years, and we have so much in common given our shared histories and values.

"The Secretary and I discussed opportunities to deepen the bilateral relationship further, including around the upcoming 50th anniversary of US/NZ cooperation in Antarctica.

Mr Peters said they had also talked about the many areas of cooperation between the US and New Zealand around the world.

“We obviously have a shared interest in promoting stability and prosperity in places such as Afghanistan, and in the broader Asia-Pacific region. We weIcomed the strong international reaction to North Korea’s missile tests. The Security Council resolution adopted unanimously last weekend will have sent a strong message.

"I also took the opportunity to update the Secretary on the range of challenges currently facing the South Pacific, and encouraged the US to continue its engagement in the region.

“The Secretary and I agreed that we want a forward-looking relationship and committed ourselves to strengthening that relationship.

"The objectives set for this visit have been met. I look forward to continuing my dialogue with the Secretary at upcoming international meetings,” Mr Peters said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news