Foreign Minister advancing NZ's interests in Latin America


The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, travelled to Latin America in early July to advance New Zealand’s interests in the region. Minister Peters made a successful bilateral visit to Santiago, Chile on 2-3 July and then attended the Pacific Alliance Summit in Lima, Peru, which took place on 4-5 July.

In Chile, Minister Peters met with President Piñera, Foreign Minister Ribera and Agriculture Minister Walker. He sustained wide-ranging conversations with the President and Ministers, emphasising the strength, depth and breadth of the bilateral relationship.

At the Pacific Alliance Summit in Peru, Minister Peters addressed the Pacific Alliance Council of Ministers (Foreign Ministers and Trade Ministers). He noted that a closer relationship with the Pacific Alliance is a significant part of New Zealand’s efforts to deepen and expand our connections with Latin America, and that New Zealand is looking for further opportunities for cooperation with the Alliance countries. He also emphasised that New Zealand remains committed to reaching a high quality and mutually beneficial free trade agreement with the Alliance.

Minister Peters also met with his counterparts from Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Ecuador while in Lima, to discuss both New Zealand’s bilateral relationships with each country and the Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations.

This entry was posted on 15 Jul 2019


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