NZ foreign minister visits Manila next week

July 11, 2012 9:29 pm 

MANILA, July 11 — The Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Murray McCully, is due to visit the Philippines July 17 and 18, his first since his assignment to the post, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced.

McCully is also scheduled to call on President Benigno S. Aquino III.

In his meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, they will discuss the advancement of economic ties and cooperation in defense, geothermal energy, agriculture, labor, environment and disaster-preparedness and mitigation.

They will also exchange views on regional issues and concerns that are of mutual interest such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit and the West Philippine Sea, DFA said.

Philippines-New Zealand bilateral relations have reached 46 years. (PNA)

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