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McCully is off to the Pacific

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/02/2017

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is travelling to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands this week.

He'll hold meetings with their political leaders about partnerships, economic development and maintaining political stability.

"Papua New Guinea is the largest Pacific Islands country, a leader in the region, and an important partner for New Zealand," Mr McCully says.

"I will be discussing New Zealand's support for PNG's hosting of APEC, its broader leadership role in the region, and our partnership to expand public access to energy.

In the Solomon Islands, what happens after the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands ends in June 2017 is an issue.

"New Zealand will continue to support its stability and economic development after RAMSI departs. Tourism is an important economic opportunity for the Solomon Islands, and my trip will include a visit the Western Province to discuss New Zealand's support in this area," Mr McCully said.

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