NEW POSTS WILL BOOST TO NZ’S COM­MIT­MENT TO PA­CIFIC: PETERS

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

Welling­ton:

New Zealand’s For­eign Min­is­ter says the coun­try’s “diplo­matic foot­print” is be­ing boosted around the Pa­cific to bring bet­ter out­comes to the re­gion. This week, Win­ston Peters an­nounced 14 new diplo­matic posts in seven Pa­cific coun­tries: Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Van­u­atu, Pa­pua New Guinea, Solomon Is­lands and Kiri­bati. New Zealand’s diplo­matic pres­ence in the US state of Hawai’i will also be boosted as a base for the North Pa­cific. Mr Peters said the move demon­strates New Zealand’s com­mit­ment to mak­ing the Pa­cific safer and more pros­per­ous and will en­hance New Zealand’s voice in the re­gion.

“A more suc­cess­ful, more deep abid­ing re­la­tion­ship with Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries, deal­ing with a range of de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues which we all need to do bet­ter on, in­clud­ing the is­land gov­ern­ments them­selves. So it is a mat­ter of bet­ter pool­ing our re­sourc­ing and get­ting more sig­nif­i­cant out­comes in the in­ter­ests of the long-term eco­nomic and se­cu­rity con­cerns of Pa­cific peo­ples.” RNZI

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