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Bishop to talk security across the ditch

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Lisa Martin

Counter-terrorism strategies and the Middle East conflicts are on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's agenda during a two-day visit to New Zealand.

Ms Bishop is meeting Foreign Minister Murray McCully on Friday and Saturday in Auckland.

About 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand soldiers are jointly training Iraqi forces at Taji, 30 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Task Force Taji has trained 14,312 Iraqi soldiers, some of whom are taking part in the offensive on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq.

By the end of the year Task Force Taji will begin training members of the Iraqi police to hold territory retaken from IS.

The two foreign ministers will also discuss development challenges in the Pacific region as well as the prospects of a single economic market and NZ's time on the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Bishop will meet the Australian women's and men's rugby teams - the Wallaroos and the Wallabies - ahead of their historic double-header at Eden Park on Saturday.

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