New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy

New Zealand is expanding/consolidating its presence in the Balkans

Ambassador Matheson and Foreign Minister Macedonia Nikola Poposki

New Zealand is expanding its representation in the Balkan Region through new accreditations to Albania, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter referred to as Macedonia) from its Embassy in Rome.

Scheduled to take place over the next few months, these add to the recent accreditation to Serbia in November 2013 and to New Zealand’s long standing formal diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.         

New Zealand maintains close and friendly relationships with Southeast European countries, including through high-level visits by ministers, parliamentarians and other New Zealand officials and is seeking to deepen and expand bilateral and multilateral relations with the region.

Foreign Minister McCully made a historic visit to Serbia on 22 June, the first by a New Zealand minister to the republic and was back in the region on 10-13 July to attend the Croatia Forum in Dubrovnik and undertake the visit by a New Zealand minister to Montenegro.

Ambassador-designate Dr. Trevor Matheson will visit Tirana on 22 July and Skopje on 25 July to formally present letters of credentials as New Zealand’s first non-resident ambassador to Albania and Macedonia. 

“My visits to Albania and Macedonia will help to strengthen New Zealand’s growing friendships in this part of the world, and demonstrate our commitment to engaging with small states,” Dr. Matheson said.  New Zealand is also seeking to improve its consular footprint in the Balkan Region by appointing Honorary Consuls in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, supplementing the consulate established in Croatia more than a decade earlier.

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