Winston Peters to Visit South East Asia to Strengthen Regional Ties

“South East Asia is critical to maintaining and building New Zealand’s security and prosperity,” Mr. Peters stated.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 31-05-2024 11:31 IST | Created: 31-05-2024 11:31 IST
Winston Peters to Visit South East Asia to Strengthen Regional Ties
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Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to South East Asia next week, underscoring the Coalition Government’s commitment to enhancing New Zealand's engagement with the region.

“South East Asia is critical to maintaining and building New Zealand’s security and prosperity,” Mr. Peters stated. “My travel to the region is a further demonstration of the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to boosting New Zealand’s engagement with South East Asia.”

Mr. Peters will depart on Tuesday, 4 June, and his itinerary includes visits to the following countries:

Vietnam (5-6 June): Mr. Peters will meet with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, and Chairman of the Central Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung.

Malaysia (7-8 June): He will meet with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and participate in the inaugural Foreign Ministers Meeting under the New Zealand-Malaysia Strategic Partnership.

Philippines (9-10 June): Meetings are scheduled with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo.

Timor-Leste (11-12 June): Mr. Peters will meet with President José Ramos-Horta and other political leaders. This marks the first visit to Timor-Leste by a New Zealand Foreign Minister in over a decade.

Mr. Peters will return to New Zealand on 13 June.

This trip aims to strengthen diplomatic ties, enhance strategic partnerships, and discuss key regional issues that impact both New Zealand and South East Asia.

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