New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America

Prime Minister John Key visits Washington, DC

Prime Minister John Key visited Washington, DC from 18 to 20 June, where he undertook a packed programme of meetings with members of the Cabinet, Congress, senior figures in the trade and economic sphere, and engaged with the business community on TPP.  The visit cultimated in an hour-long meeting at the White House with the President of the United States Barack Obama.

The Oval Office meeting reaffirmed the strength of the strategic partnership between New Zealand and the United States.  President Obama summed this up in his public comments following the meeting:

“I think it’s fair to say that the U.S.-New Zealand relationship has never been stronger. We share values, we have enormously strong people-to-people relationships, we have excellent commercial ties, and we have increasing consultations and relationships between our militaries.“

Prime Minister Key began his visit to Washington at the New Zealand Embassy giving remarks at Pacific Day alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.  Pacific Day is a major event on the Washington calendar.  Climate Change, Oceans, renewable energy and fisheries featured in this year’s discussions. 

The Prime Minister’s strong speech to the Chamber of Commerce on TPP was a highlight and has received positive feedback from TPP supporters around Washington.  Meetings with members of the Cabinet and Congress provided useful opportunities for high level read-outs on the US recovery and an opportunity to discuss the New Zealand economic story. 

While in Washington the Prime Minister also met with a range of senior Administration figures and Congressional representatives including:

  • United States Trade Representative Ambassador Mike Froman
  • Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
  • Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew
  • Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen
  • Senators including Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Jeffrey Zients

Photos of the Prime Minister’s visit can be viewed on the New Zealand Embassy Washington Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NZEmbassy.WashingtonDC

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