U.S. secretary of state to sign broad policy agreement on New Zealand visit

17:39, October 27, 2010      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will sign a broad policy agreement when she visits New Zealand next week.

However, Prime Minister John Key said on Wednesday that he is not expecting any announcement from Clinton on military matters.

Clinton was due to visit in January, but had to postpone that trip after a devastating earthquake in Haiti and will now be in New Zealand from next Thursday to Saturday.

In a briefing in Washington before her trip, assistant secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Kurt Campbell gave details of what he called the Wellington Declaration.

Campbell said it would cover non-proliferation, politics, climate change and how the two countries could work more closely in the Pacific.

"The Secretary (of State), while in New Zealand, will reaffirm, really, a recommitment to a relationship that has not received as much attention over the course of the last 25 years," Campbell said.

Clinton would visit both Wellington and Christchurch "and looks very much forward to interacting with Prime Minister (John) Key".

In Wellington, Key characterised the visit as "relationship building" and a show of friendship between New Zealand and the United States.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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