New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
President Park and Prime Minister Key discuss “close, strong and successful relationship”
Prime Minister John Key met President Park Geun-hye for bilateral talks in Seoul on 26 July. The Prime Minister Key visited Korea with a group of New Zealand veterans to take part in commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
“I congratulated President Park on a successful start to her administration,” Mr Key said. “New Zealand’s contemporary relationship with Korea is close, strong and successful. Our discussions covered many areas of cooperation including trade, tourism, science and technology, and defence.”
“I made the President aware of the importance we place on getting a free trade agreement in place so that New Zealand companies can compete on an equal footing in the Korean marketplace with the US and other countries with which Korea has concluded FTAs. I also indicated New Zealand’s support for the President’s efforts at trust and confidence-building with North Korea, and for international efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons programme.”
Prime Minister Key thanked the President for the warm reception Korea gave to war veterans from New Zealand and other countries for the armistice commemorations.