Celebrating 25 Years of Scoop
Special: Up To 25% Off Scoop Pro Learn More
Parliament

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

 

Ambassadors to Thailand and Time-Leste announced

Ambassadors to Thailand and Time-Leste announced
Hon Murray McCully

Minister of Foreign Affairs


7 October 2015

New Ambassador to Thailand named

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Ben King as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Thailand.

“Thailand is our tenth largest trading partner, with total trade of over $2.4 billion last year,” Mr McCully says.

“Thailand is the second largest and fourth richest ASEAN economy, and a gateway to mainland ASEAN. It is a long-standing and important partner for us in the wider region, where we have worked together in many fields.

“Thailand is New Zealand’s largest source of overseas students from South East Asia, and education cooperation between our countries is growing. There are also strong tourism links with more than 21,000 Thai people visiting New Zealand in 2014.

“Given these strong ties we continue to call for a return to democratic rule in Thailand, brought about through an open and inclusive process,” Mr McCully says.

Mr King was previously the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also been a senior trade negotiator and has had postings to Washington DC, Canberra and Riyadh.

Hon Murray McCully

Minister of Foreign Affairs

7 October 2015
Media Statement

New Ambassador to Timor-Leste announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Vicki Poole as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Timor-Leste.

“New Zealand has a close friendship with Timor-Leste and we have been proud to work alongside Timor-Leste throughout its nation building process,” Mr McCully says.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“New Zealand provides support through our aid programme for Timor-Leste’s sustainable economic development, education and skills training, and the security and justice sectors.

“Internationally, Timor-Leste is a valued partner for New Zealand, championing our bid for a seat on the UN Security Council and leading the G7+ grouping of fragile states,” Mr McCully says.

Ms Poole was previously Deputy Director for Pacific Development, and has recently served in the New Zealand Delegation to the OECD in Paris.

ends

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.