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NZ foreign minister heads to Europe

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/08/2016
MP Murray McCully © Getty MP Murray McCully

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading to Europe next week for meetings ahead of New Zealand's presidency of the UN Security Council next month.

He is visiting the UK for talks with the new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

"This is my first chance to meet with him and we will look to cover a range of issues including our mutual trade and economic interests and the broader relationship between our two countries," Mr McCully says.

He heads on to Slovakia, France, Hungary, and Russia.

Slovakia is the current European Union president so the visit is an opportunity to meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, and gain his perspective on the early discussions around Brexit, Mr McCully says.

"The UK, France, and Russia are permanent members of the UN Security Council and my meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will focus on New Zealand's upcoming presidency of the Security Council," Mr McCully says.

New Zealand is nearing the end of its two-year term on the Security Council and next month's presidency will be its second time in the role.

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