Baird to Travel to New Zealand and Australia

February 14, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to New Zealand and Australia from February 16 to 26.

While in Wellington, Baird will meet with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key and with Foreign Minister Murray McCully, as well as with other key government officials and business leaders.

“Canada values its close and collaborative relationship with New Zealand in a wide range of areas, such as security and defence, international trade and human rights,” said Baird.

In Australia, Baird will meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and will address the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Melbourne. Baird will have an extensive program of public and private sector meetings in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to discuss challenges and opportunities in Asia and relations between Canada and Australia.

“Canada and Australia should be proud of their economic leadership on the world stage,” said Baird. “Our two countries are forging an ever-stronger partnership to project the values and interests that have made our countries free and prosperous.”

“As members of the Commonwealth, ASEAN Dialogue Partners and participants in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canada, New Zealand and Australia share a rich history, common interests and values,” concluded Baird.

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