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Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Murray McCully undertook one day visit to Pakistan on 24 January 2014 and held talks with Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz.

During the meeting which was also attended by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tariq Fatemi, the two sides exchanged views on a whole range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit as well as for regional peace and development. The two Ministers agreed that while Pakistan and New Zealand enjoyed close and cordial relations, there was need for further strengthening economic and commercial ties through investment and joint ventures. The two sides also agreed to built upon their existing cooperation and support each other on issues of mutual interest in the international organizations including support to each other’s candidature in the UN bodies.

The two Foreign Ministers also recognized that the recent Summit level meeting between the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Prime Minister of New Zealand held in Colombo in November 2013 has provided fresh momentum to the expansion of bilateral relations.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister also held meetings with Minister for Planning and Development and Minister for Finance. He also called on the President of Pakistan.

24 January, 2014

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