Baird Concludes Successful Visit to New Zealand

February 19, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today wrapped up a productive visit to New Zealand, during which he reaffirmed the deep ties between Canada and New Zealand, which span more than 70 years.

“Our bilateral relationship is underpinned by our shared Commonwealth heritage, similar parliamentary and military traditions, and extensive people-to-people relationships,” said Baird. “On the international stage, Canada and New Zealand share a strong commitment to promoting international security, prosperity, democracy, human rights, religious freedom and the rule of law.”

During his visit to Wellington and Auckland, Baird met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully and Minister of Trade Tim Groser, as well as key business leaders. Baird discussed regional and global issues, including security and political developments in Asia and the Middle East.

He also highlighted Canada’s strong interest in expanding its economic relationship with New Zealand, especially as both countries enhance their relations in Asia. “In a highly competitive global economy, closer and deeper economic ties will benefit both our countries by creating more jobs, opportunities and prosperity in both countries,” said Baird.

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