New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

New Zealand-Korea Foreign Ministry Consultations

New Zealand and Korea held Foreign Ministry Consultations in Seoul on 21 June 2013, led by Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith and Deputy Minister Lee Kyung-soo. The consultations are a key part of the framework of regular policy consultations between the two governments.

The talks reflected the common values and interests shared by both countries, and the relationship’s strong economic foundation in two highly complementary economies. The two sides focussed on identifying new opportunities for working more closely together. Respective approaches to regional issues, such as North Korea, Asia regional architecture, and the South Pacific, were covered in discussions that ran over lunch.

High-level exchanges and New Zealand-Korea historical ties were also high on the agenda – including commemoration of the Korean War armistice on 27 July 2013.  A contingent of New Zealand veterans of the Korean War will travel to Korea for the occasion.

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