Federica Mogherini discussed enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the EU and New Zealand in Wellington
On 7 August, Federica Mogherini was in New Zealand for the first visit by an EU High-Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission to the country. While in Wellington, she met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They discussed the excellent EU-New Zealand bilateral relations under the Partnership Agreement and explored ways of increasing cooperation between the two even further, including on global challenges such as climate change and terrorism, protection and strengthening of the rules-based international order, and working for peace, security and sustainable development in their respective neighbourhoods and beyond. Together they committed to swift progress on the recently-launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and reiterated their united position in favour of global free trade. The High Representative also met her counterparts Foreign Minister Winston Peters – a joint press release was issued after their meeting – and Defence Minister Ron Mark. They discussed priorities such as the joint commitment to continued implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and support for the diplomatic efforts aimed at full denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. They also committed to increase cooperation on security in the Pacific region, including on the peaceful and sustainable use of the Pacific Ocean. For more information on EU-New Zealand cooperation visit the website of the EU Delegation to New Zealand.