New Zealand FM leads Mission to Solomons, Kiribati, Samoa

15:13, August 27, 2010      

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will lead a delegation of members of parliament, business people, NGOs, media and officials on the 2010 Pacific Mission to the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Samoa next week.

"The government has made New Zealand's relationships with its close neighbors in the Pacific a key priority," McCully said in a statement on Friday.

This year's Mission to the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Samoa will provide an opportunity for a diverse range of New Zealand representatives to look at the development challenges these countries face, and how New Zealand can best focus its assistance, he said.

In Solomon Islands, the New Zealand foreign minister will meet newly-elected Prime Minister Danny Philip, and will underline to him New Zealand's commitment to strengthening the relationship through New Zealand's development assistance work and through its contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission, he said.

In Kiribati, McCully will meet with Kirbati president. He said the visit will also bring home the significant challenges faced on the densely-populated atoll of Tarawa, as well as the opportunities for tourism and economic development on Kiritimati ( Christmas) Island, which lies some 3000 km to the east.

In Samoa, the New Zealand delegation will see first-hand how Samoa is recovering from last year's devastating tsunami.

Source: Xinhua


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