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Diplomaticallyspeaking, article in Bahrain This Month

Sunday, 8/11/09

The New Zealand Ambassador, accredited to the Kingdom of Bahrain talks to 'Bahrain This Month' magazine.

The New Zealand Ambassador talks about New Zealand and how much it has in common with the Kingdom of Bahrain, in 'diplomaticallyspeaking', an article in the November 2009 edition of 'Bahrain This Month' magazine.

An excerpt from the 'diplomaticallyspeaking' article:

"Kindred spirits
There are certainly more similarities between the land of ‘Two Seas’ and the land of ‘Two Islands’; both have small populations, are not well-endowed with natural resources and have big neighbours, “with whom we do not always get on,” says Dr Matheson.
“Both countries are trying to find their way in the world — a very competitive world — utilising what skills they possess to create an economy based upon knowledge.”
When asked what it is about NZ that makes the country an attractive partner, the ambassador highlights “the principled nature of our foreign policy and, as others say to us — we do not preach to them!”
While he does not say it explicitly, when you are ‘small’ — his mother hails from the Cook Islands which only has a population
of 20,000 — you often place a greater value on respect, not just for yourself but for others."

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