New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Korea
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, visited Korea 6-7 September. He held policy discussions with his counterpart Minister Kim Sung-hwan, attended a reception in celebration of the Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship, hosted a lunch for selected members of the National Assembly, presented a congratulatory plaque to New Zealand Cultural Ambassador Ha Ji-won, and conducted media interviews.
Minister’s McCully’s working dinner with Foreign Minister Kim was a continuation of their discussion in Auckland on 17 August. In Seoul, the conversation focussed on common regional and international issues faced by Korea and New Zealand, and areas for closer bilateral cooperation and consultation given the two countries’ shared values and interests.
Six members of the National Assembly Committee on Foreign Affairs, Unification and Trade participated in a foreign policy lunch with Minister McCully, which traversed a range of bilateral and regional issues. The participating representatives were Chair Ahn Hong-joon, Deputy Chairs Chung Moon-hun and Shim Jae-kwon, and Members Won Yoo-chul, Choung Byoung-gug and Hong Ik-pyo.
Minister McCully used his visit to promote the active and growing relationship between Korea and New Zealand. Speaking at a reception marking the Year of Friendship between Korea and New Zealand, on the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations, he noted the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries, exciting new areas of cooperation including on Antarctic, and successes of Korean New Zealanders such as golfer Lydia Ko. At a separate event, the Minister recognised the contribution New Zealand Cultural Ambassador Ha Ji-won had made to promoting cultural relations between the two countries.