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Key to meet with Cameron next week

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/07/2016

Prime Minister John Key will have informal talks with his outgoing British counterpart David Cameron in London next week.

In the aftermath of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, Mr Key's trip to the UK and Europe has added importance.

As well as the meeting with Mr Cameron, Mr Key will have bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome and French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris.

"Italy and France are important trading partners to New Zealand and important members of the European Union," Mr Key said.

"I am looking forward to discussing how we can further strengthen those relationships in light of Britain's decision to leave the European Union."

Meetings in Brussels, where the EU has its headquarters, may also take place if they can be arranged.

"New Zealand has strong relationships with both the EU and the UK, and it is important that we reinforce both relationships now that Britain's referendum decision has been made," Mr Key said.

While in Paris, Mr Key will also take part in Bastille Day commemorations, which this year coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

More than 80 New Zealand Defence Force personnel will march in the parade on July 14.

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