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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly met Nov 24 with Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and emphasized the importance of working together to tackle climate change, create opportunities for growth and ensure prosperity and a sustainable future for the two countries and the Indo-Pacific region.
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The long-standing friendship of the two countries and their people was highlighted by the ministers in their first meeting noting that the countries are key partners and have strong cultural and people-to-people ties.
Congratulating Minister Mahuta on New Zealand’s successful hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2021, Joly reiterated Canada’s commitment to strengthening co-operation with APEC members to achieve a more prosperous, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also noted that such a recovery should be aligned with the rules-based international order and climate-action objectives and exchanged views on global and regional security issues such as Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ukraine and Ethiopia.
Commitment to ongoing collaboration in multilateral forums, such as the UN, the APEC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, the Commonwealth and the Five Eyes was also reaffirmed by the ministers.
The meeting between both ministers concluded by expressing the desire to strengthen collaboration between the two countries.