Trip to Timor-Leste and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

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With the New Zealand Boxing team, David Light, Bowyn Morgan, David Nyika and Alexis Pritchard

 

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Track cyclist Eddie Dawkins shows Minister McCully his Gold and Bronze medals

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Minister McCully chats with the Gold medal track sprint cycling team, Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins

 


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Minister McCully and Rt Hon Lockwood Smith with the Gold medal track sprint cycling team, Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster

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 Rob Waddell explains the Athletes village set up


Trip to Washington DC, New York, Accra, Istanbul, Tehran, Belgrade, Brussels and Punta Cana, June 2014

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Joint Press Conference with Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Foreign Minister. 

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 Meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić

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Memorial at the ANZAC Monument at Novo groblje (cemetery), Belgrade, where 15 New Zealand service personnel who served during the second world war are buried.

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Minister McCully presenting Foreign Minister of Dominican Republic, Carlos Morales Troncoso, with an All Blacks top 

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Meeting with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Luis Fernando Carrera Castro 

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Signing the Incorporation Agreement of New Zealand as an Extra-Regional Observer of SICA, with Hugo Martinez

 

 

 

 

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Meeting with Maja Gojkovic, Speaker of Serbian National Assembly


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Meeting with outgoing Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Marya Arosemena and incoming Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Migues Hincapie

 

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Meeting with Foreign Minister of El Salvador, and outgoing Secretary General of SICA, Hugo Martinez. Adrienne Wineera from the Embassy translating. 

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Murray McCully at Novo groblje (cemetery), Belgrade.

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Foreign Minister of Dominican Republic, Carlos Morales Troncoso



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Foreign Minister of Dominican Republic, Carlos Morales Troncoso and NZ Ambassador to Mexico, Clare Kelly


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Meeting with Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Ochoa Madrid


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Murray McCully, John Key and Cuban PR  - during an address to GRULAC


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MM with Ted Danson of Cheers and CSI fame, at the Oceans Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC.




Trip to the Pacific for the EU Energy Mission April 23-27 2014

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With the EU Commissioner Piebalgs infront of the joint funded energy project

 

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EU Funded machinery in Tuvalu

 

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Inspecting the NZ Funded Marine Training Centre in Tarawa, Kiribati


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Solar panels at the Rarotonga airport

 

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Jetty at Tennesse - Kirimati, Kiribati

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Inspecting the sports stadium construction in Samoa

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Inspecting the Borrow Pits in Tuvalu

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Inspecting the Ronton power plant on Kirimati, Kiribati


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The development of the Samoa racecourse

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EU Funded Energy Project in Tuvalu

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Trip to the Cook Islands February 20-24 2014

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Opening of Te Mato Vai Water Project

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Inspecting the wharf on Mitiaro








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Touring the island of Mitiaro

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Inspecting locally grown coffee on Aitu


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Joint Ministerial Forum














Trip to the Caribbean, Guyana, Mexico and USA, 15 - 23 May 2014

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High Commissioner to Guyana Jan Henderson, President of Guyana His Excellency Donald Ramotar, Minister McCully and Foreign Minister of Guyana Hon Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett


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Speaking to media in Georgetown, Guyana

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Honduras Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero attending a diplomatic reception hosted by the Cuban Foreign Minister

 

 

 






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Meeting Senator Hon. Maxine McClean, Foreign Minister of Barbados





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Addressing the 17th Meeting of the Council of Foreign and Community Relations in Georgetown, Guyana




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Meeting Guyana President His Excellency Donald Ramotar

















































Europe and Asia Trip, 15 - 28 March 2014

 

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Touring the new national stadium in Andorra. 

 

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With Xavier Vilasetru, President of the Andorran Rugby Federation and Felip Gallardo, Secretary-General of the Federation, at Andorra National Stadium . 


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Meeting with Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in Madrid

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Learning the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw


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Minister McCully laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during his official visit to Warsaw 

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Meeting with Pany Yathortou, President of the National Assembly of the Laos PDR


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Presenting a rugby ball signed by the All Blacks to Xavier Vilasetru, President of the Andorran Rugby Federation



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Chatting with Andorran Foreign Minister Gilbert Saboya





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Signing the guest book at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw


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A wreath laid on the behalf of the people of New Zealand on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw

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Meeting German Foriegn Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.
 
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Meeting Laos PDR Foreign Minister Sisoulth in Vientiane

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Meeting Laos PDR Prime Minister Thomgsing Thammavong in Vientiane






Middle East and Africa Trip, 18 - 29 January 2014

 

 

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Signing of the New Zealand – Gulf Cooperation Council Arrangement with His Excellency Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Riyadh.


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Signing of the NZ-UAE Cooperation Arrangement on Renewable Energy with His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change.

 

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MM with His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia

 

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Addressing the Blue Economy Summit in Abu Dhabi, chaired by Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam 


 

 

 

 

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MM with Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Islamabad 


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MM with His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, Committee Member for Dubai 2020.

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MM with Seychelles President James Michel 


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MM with His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces 


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Meeting with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris in the margins of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. 



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Signing of the New Zealand - Ethiopia Food Security Cooperation Arrangement with Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 







Meeting with the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, 6 December 2013

 

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ASEM and CHOGM Trip, 1 - 16 November 2013

 

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Handing out cricket sets to local children as a gift from the New Zealand Government to the farming community. 

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Meeting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris at CHOGM in Colombo

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Meeting Slovaka Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak at ASEM, New Delhi


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Meeting the TearFund Chief Executive Ian McInnis

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Minister and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Jan Henderson at the Wanni project ceremony

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Speaking to local farmers and family

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Meeting with Sri Lanka Economic Development Minister Hon Basil Rajapaksa in the margins of CHOGM

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Meeting with EU High Representative Baroness Ashton at the Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' meeting, New Delhi

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Meeting with Ghana Deputy Foreign Minister Thomas Kwesi Quartey at CHOGM in Colombo

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Meeting with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed at CHOGM


Trip to Antarctica, 7 - 9 October 2013

 

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Before a tour of a research hut near Scott Base

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Looking out across the frozen Ross Sea

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Scott Base

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Inspecting a tent used during field research

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Minister McCully presented a box of Shackleton's Whiskey by Chair of Antarctica New Zealand Board, Rob Fenwick

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View of McMurdo Base

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The wind turbines providing energy for both Scott and McMurdo Base

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View from Castle Rock looking out towards Mt Erebus

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Delegation up at Castle Rock

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Inside Scott's hut

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Before a day trip in the Hagglund's

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One of the Hagglund's used for transport

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Scott Base from the sea ice




Visit to the UN General Assembly, 14 to 29 September 2013

 

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Team talk with Grant Dalton and Kevin Shoebridge of Emirates Team NZ, and Consul-General Leon Grice

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Meeting with the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, the Hon Denzil Douglas

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Meeting Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Foreign Minister Nikolai Poposki at the UN General Assembly

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Meeting Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick

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Meeting with Barbados Foreign Minister Maxine McClean

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Meeting with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra

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Meeting with European Union High Representative Baroness Ashton

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Meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif

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Meeting with Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez

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Quick catch up with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal

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Meeting with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe

Meeting with Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze.JPG

Meeting with Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze

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Meeting with Iceland Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

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Signing an agreement to formally establish diplomatic relations with Grenada, with Grenadan Foreign Minister Nikolas Steele 

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Meeting Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran

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Meeting with Cape Verde Minister of External Relations Dr Jorge Borges

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Meeting with Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post-race download with Rob Waddell



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Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the UN General Assembly



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Meeting Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo y Marfil



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Meeting Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal at the UN General Assembly



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Meeting with Suriname Foreign Minister Winston Lackin



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Meeting with Bahamas Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell



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Meeting with Panama Minister Fernando Nunez Fabrega



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Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida



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Catching up with Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato



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Meeting with UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire



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Meeting Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ould Teguedi



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Meeting with San Marino Secretary of State Pasquale Valentini



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With South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation 



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Meeting UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Adullah bin Zayed



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Meeting with Lebanon Foreign Minister Adnan Hassan Mansour



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Meeting Senegal Foreign Minister Mankeur Noliage



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Meeting with Yemen Foreign Minister Dr Abu-Bakr Abdullah Al-Qirbi



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 Meeting with Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari



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Meeting Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman



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Meeting with Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa


















Pacific Island Forum, 3 - 6 September 2013

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Meeting with Foreign Minister Clay Forau

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Meeting with Dr Jimmie Rogers of SPC


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Meeting with ACP Secretary General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni at the PIF

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Speaking with representatives from the international finance corporation

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Meeting with the PM John Key and the Cook Islands PM





Trip to Hong Kong, China and Mongolia - 19 to 23 August 2013

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Meeting with Dr Hon Anson Chan Convenor, Hong Kong 2020, alongside NZ Consul-General Rob Kaiwai

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Meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi (China)

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Meeting with State Councillor, Yang Jiechi (along with NZ Ambassador, Carl Worker)

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Presentation to Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bold Luvsanvandan

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Meeting with Minister of Economic Development, Nyamjav Batbayar

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With the teams after viewing Taranaki RFU running a Beijing Rugby 7s team training session

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Meeting with Dr Ko Wing Man, Secretary of Health in Hong Kong

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Meeting with Commissioner Song Zhe, the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in HKSAR

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Meeting with Wang Jiarui, Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Minister of IDCPC (China). 

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Meeting with NZ Alumni in Mongolia

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Meeting with NZ Alumni in Mongolia

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Meeting with Mongolian Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Tsedevdamba Oyungerel

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Meeting with Minister of Economic Development, Nyamjav Batbayar

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Meeting with member of Taranaki RFU presenting me with a Taranaki jumper, Beijing Xiannongtan School of Sports Technology


Pacific Mission, 13 - 16 August 2013


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Bougainville: Meeting with the Bougainville Community Policing Project Commander, NZ Police Superintendent Steve Caldwell

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Jacinda Ardern MP, Hon Phil Goff, PNG Minister of Planning Hon Charles Abel, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully, PNG Minister of Finance James Marape, Dr Kennedy Graham MP, and Minister of Maori Affairs Hon Pita Sharples

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ADB Director General Xianbin Yao, Vanuatu PM Moana Carcasses and Minister at launch of the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project

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Minister presenting PM Moana Carcasses with a gift

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Bougainville: NZ Pacific Mission parliamentarians meeting with members of the Autonomous Bougainville Government in Buka

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Receiving a briefing from local police at the site of the Bougainville Community Policing Project

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully is guided around Gordon Market by Mr Honk Kiap, Deputy City Manager at the National Capital District Commission

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Minister poses with traditional group at Seafront Park where New Zealand will provide assistance for tourism development

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Minister speaks at ceremony to launch the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Project with Vanuatu Government and ADB




Trip to the Cook Islands, 9 - 11 August 2013


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Meeting with The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna following the announcement on improved pension portability to realm states.

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Cook Islands Minister of Infrastructure Hon Teariki Heather thanks New Zealand following the announcement of a further $10 million to sanitation improvement on Rarotonga and Aitutaki

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Presentation of a tivaevae as a token of appreciation

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The NZ delegation at WATSAN Headquarters in Ngatangiia. WATSAN leads water, sanitation and waste projects in the Cook Islands.

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MM with High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers at the site of the sanitation system upgrade in Muri. NZ has funded a pilot project to complete upgrades to 240 properties in Muri, reducing ground water pollution entering the lagoon by two thirds. 

 

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The NZ delegation meets with Cook Island education officials at a lunch at the Cook Islands Tourism and Hospitality Institute.

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MM with Mike Henry, Chair of Cook Islands Port Authority, and NZ High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers at the end of the new Arorangi jetty. 

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Trip to Seychelles and Africa, 15 - 25 July 2013

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MM with other heads of delegation to the Seychelles Small Island Developing States regional meeting

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Meeting the President of the Seychelles James Michel

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With Alain St Ange, Seychelles Tourism and Culture Minister, and James Kember, New Zealand High Commissioner to the Seychelles based in Addis Ababa

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Meeting with Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam, on Mahe Island for the SIDS regional conference

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Meeting with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Membe, in Dar es Salaam

 

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Meeting with a local avocado farmer in Nairobi and accepting a gift of bananas

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With a local avocado farmer who is part of the Olivado network in Nairobi

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Inspecting the local produce at the Olivado avocado oil processing centre

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At the Olivado avocado oil plant with Gary Hannam, CEO Olivado Europe (third from right)

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With the local Kenyan children on the outskirts of Nairobi while visiting a New Zealand aid project

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With the Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed

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Meeting with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 


Visit to Brunei and Myanmar, 1 - 4 July 2013

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ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers' Meeting

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South West Pacific Dialogue

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Trilateral with PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

 

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Meeting with Chief Minister Rakine State U Hia Maung Tin and Union Government

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Economic IDP camp near Hmanzi Junction

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Dar Paing Camp

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Meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

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Meeting with President U Thein Sein

 

 

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Meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry

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Bilateral with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman

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Bilateral with Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario

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Bilateral with PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato

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Bilateral with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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Bilateral with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

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Economic IDP camp

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Meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Ski at Daw Suu's residence in Nay Pyi Taw, "The Rose House"

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Meeting with Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann

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President U Thein Sein, Minister of Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister of the President's Office U Soe Thane, and Minister of Livestock and Fisheries U Ohn Myint

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Union Minister of Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin

Middle East and Cyprus, June 2013

I visited the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) and Israel on 18-19 June to hear from both sides of the Middle East Peace Process. I had a full programme of calls in the oPt, where I met with President Mahmood Abbas, Foreign Minister al-Malki, Deputy Prime Minister Abu Amr and Chief Negotiator Erekat, as well as officials associated with the New Zealand funded de-mining programme. In Israel, I met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz, Justice Minister Livni, Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin and Quartet Representative (and former British Prime Minister) Tony Blair.

New Zealand, like much of the international community, supports the current efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to move the peace process forward through direct negotiations on a two-state solution. Achieving this outcome requires difficult and painful decisions for both sides. The challenges should not be underestimated. I nevertheless think progress is possible. An increasingly turbulent and troubled neighbourhood suggests both sides have mutual interests in ensuring progress is made sooner rather than later.

I also took the opportunity to make a day long visit to Cyprus on 20 June, where I met with President Nicos Anastasiades, Foreign Minister Kasoulides and President of the House of Representatives Omirou. My visit was the first by a New Zealand Foreign Minister since 1999. This is surprising. Cyprus is a fellow member of the Commonwealth and as a small state shares similar views and concerns to New Zealand on a range of international issues. Its geographical location between Europe, the Middle East and Africa, also means it can provide useful insights on political developments in its neighbourhood. More regular Ministerial visits would seem sensible and justified.

-MM

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Minister with Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr Riad Al-Malki

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Courtesy of Prime Minister's Office

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Minister with Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas

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Meeting with Palestinian Interior Minister Said Abu Ali

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Meeting with Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr

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Meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zeev Elkin with McCully - Courtesy of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister Yuval Steinitz - Courtesy of Prime Minister's Office


 FEALAC Meeting in Indonesia, 13 - 14 June 2013

Forum for East Asia- Latin American Cooperation

On Thursday, 13 June, I was in Bali for the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). New Zealand has been a member of the Asian group of FEALAC since its inception. When you look at the numbers you can see why the two regions want to talk. The members of FEALAC account for one third of global GDP, surpassing the United States (22%) and EU (25%). The growth of developing Asia is expected to account for nearly 60% of global growth over the next ten years; while Latin America will be closer to 7.5%, that is still greater than Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. However trade links between the regions are still relatively weak.

As the only forum connecting these two regions, FEALAC is a great setting for bilaterals. I met with the host, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa; Singapore Foreign Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam; Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong; Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos López; Mexican Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade; Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra; Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin; Guatemalan Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Morales; Colombian Vice Foreign Minister Mónica Lanzetta; Argentinian Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman; and Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, as well as pull asides with many others. Not bad for one day.

- MM

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MM selecting a baby turtle to release into the sea during the FEALAC outreach session in Bali

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Meeting Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos

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Meeting Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade

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Meeting with Guatemala Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Morales

 

Trip to India and Sri Lanka, 3 June to 7 June 2013


India

In India, I met with the External Affairs, Sports and Commerce Ministers to discuss ways to further strengthen the bilateral relationship.

While in Sri Lanka, I will meet with the Ministers of External Affairs and Economic Development to discuss Sri Lanka's hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, as well as prospects for our quarter-billion dollar dairy trade. 

-MM

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Press Conference with Foreign Minister Khurshid

 

 

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Meeting with Commerce Minister Anand Sharma

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 NZ Herald Article - 21 May 2013

 

Middle East a hot topic as McCully meets Kerry

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Tuesday May 21, 2013

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington early today (NZ time) and most of their meeting was spent discussing the Middle East.

Mr McCully offered New Zealand's support towards the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, which could take the form of New Zealand peacekeepers taking part in an international force to run a buffer zone between the two states. 

He said later that New Zealand was seen as a country that had had troops in the Sinai helping to maintain peace between Egypt and Israel for 31 years, and it would be turned to early for further support.

Mr Kerry had been extremely pleased to hear that New Zealand might be one of the countries that would be prepared to help, Mr McCully said later.  

"I made the point directly to him but also publicly that the strongest possible US leadership is a pre-condition to any real progress on the Middle East peace process, but that doesn't mean that the US should be left to do all the heavy lifting by themselves.

"Mr Kerry posed for a picture with Mr McCully before the meeting, and made a brief statement saying: "Our friends in New Zealand are just that, a special relationship, 175 years of an active relationship. We're going to build upon the Wellington and Washington Declarations.

"New Zealand had been a partner in a lot of initiatives of interests, "particularly helping out in a place like Afghanistan," Mr Kerry said.

"They've been an enormous global partner. The regional issues, particularly the Korea Peninsular, the challenges in the South China Sea are important to all of us and we rely on our friends in New Zealand for the strength of the relationship, not just in the region but globally, and we share a lot of values and a lot of interests."

Straight after the meeting Mr Kerry headed to the Middle East for his fourth visit since taking over the job on February 1.

Mr McCully offered New Zealand's support in the eventuality that Mr Kerry achieves a breakthrough in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians for a two-state solution.

"If we get into a situation where there is any Middle East peace process fashioned, clearly there will be a need for international support on the development and the security front."

The US Administration was also keen to do some capacity building in Palestine, and Mr McCully and Mr Kerry discussed that today.

"At this stage what we've agreed to do is to keep talking because we're not at a point where there's anything taking particular shape yet. But the fact that he's going back for a fourth time tells us he's deadly serious."

Mr McCully described Mr Kerry as having more of a sense of determination than a sense of optimism about the outcome.

The window in which to achieve a two-state solution was about 18 months to two years.

"He is giving this thing his best shot, and we should support him in that."

Mr McCully said he had invited Mr Kerry to New Zealand, and the US Secretary of State was keen to make a return visit having holidayed here in a private capacity in the past couple of years.

 

 

 Africa and Europe Trip 15 April - 1 May 2013

Thirteen countries in fourteen days. Fourteen countries if you count a brief overnight stopover in Sydney to meet with High Commissioner Martyn Dunne. First, a week in Africa, visiting South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Mauritius. Then Brussels for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Afghanistan contributing nations, followed by Lichtenstein, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, San Marino and Italy.

Africa 15-22 April

Day one in Botswana is a sensible way to start. Jet lag is always severe after the trip to the African continent. But the Botswana relationship is a special one. Arguably the success story of Africa, they have been rewarded by being systematically removed from access to concessional finance and other support measures. Having run a robust democracy since independence in 1966, and wisely invested their diamond wealth in building their economy, Botswana stands out as an African success story.

What they most need is access to good agricultural institutions and systems to build those underdeveloped aspects of their economy. Botswana's two million people consume about 48 million litres of milk each year, but produce only about 4 million of that. This is just one of the areas in which I hope New Zealand expertise can help in the immediate future.

Botswana's Foreign Minister, Phandu Skelemani, is one of Africa 's most impressive statesmen and a key player in SADC, the Southern African grouping that is wrestling with the challenges in Zimbabwe and Madagascar during some difficult times.

-MM

 

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Myself and Harold Liu Man Hin in front of New Zealand and Mauritian flags

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Getting down to business with Mauritius Foreign Minister Dr Arvin Boolell

 

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Meeting with Namibian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hon Peya Mushelenga

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Meeting with Namibian Rugby Executives Bradley Basson and Sybrand de Beer

 

 

 

Fiji MCG visit, 12 April 2013

Fiji

After deferring a Forum Ministerial Contact Group visit to Fiji for several months, the MCG finally conducted a successful visit on Friday 12 April. Despite recent setbacks, the tone of the visit was positive. Differences over the treatment of the draft constitution prepared by the Ghai Commission and the decision not to proceed with the planned Constituent Assembly were expressed in a professional and respectful fashion. While the MCG is satisfied that elections will be held in Fiji in 2014 a question mark remains over how free and fair those elections will be.

That the MCG could conduct a successful visit after recent setbacks is a significant positive. The door is now open to practical support for election preparations and stepped up engagement over coming months

 

-MM

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From left: Hon Edward Natapei - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu Hon Apisai Lelemia; the Hon Senator Matt Thistlewaite - Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs; Ratu Inoke Kubuabola; Hon Murray McCully; the Minister of Foriegn Affiars of Papua New Guinea Hon Rimbink Pato; and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Samoa Hon Tuisugaletaua Ali'imalemanu Aveau.  

 

Trip to the Middle East, 3 - 13 March 2013

BAHRAIN -EGYPT - SAUDI ARABIA - JORDAN


Bahrain 

Capital: Manama
Population: 1.2 million
Member of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Bahrain is one of the most diversified economies in the Persian Gulf. Its highly-developed transport and communication facilities make it home to many multinational firms.


As overseas trips go, this is a tough one. Through the night to Dubai via Melbourne, then on to Bahrain in time to shower, suit up and conduct a day of meetings: Crown Prince, two deputy prime ministers followed by talks and dinner with Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al Khalifa. Then out to the airport to catch a 1.00am flight to Cairo. Bahrain has faced significant challenges dealing with the Arab Spring but it appears there is now a more settled pathway forward. Not to be ignored is the huge gateway Bahrain provides into the fast-growing eastern seaboard of Saudi Arabia across the 25km causeway.

 

EGYPT

Capital: Cairo

Population 82.5 million
Headquarters of the League of Arab States

The first free Presidential elections in Egyptian history took place peacefully last year. For the first time in 60 years the military are not running the country.

Hit Cairo at 6.30am for another day of calls. Meet Arab League Secretary General for talks and signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation to formalise regular talks and a range of areas of cooperation. A reception attracts representatives of five of the political parties currently vying for votes in the upcoming election. Then a real bed for the first time since Saturday night (this is Tuesday evening).

Despite serious security challenges shifting the Arab League meeting across town, we manage to see a good range of Arab foreign ministers. Then it's a 90 minutes trip across town to meet Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat al Shater at the MB headquarters. I met Shater on a Cairo visit last year. He was the MB's original candidate for president, but was bowled out by the Court as a result of a few years spent as a guest in an Egyptian prison, courtesy of President Mubarak.

Reputed to be the key player in the MB, Shater is deeply impressive - an orthodox economic thinker with a clear understanding of Egypt's economic challenges, beginning with a need to strike a deal with the IMF and other leaders whilst also trying to win an election. A visit by some of his key advisors will take place in the next few weeks to focus on New Zealand's reform experiences in the last century.

Back to the central city for a meeting (re-located to avoid some activity around Tahrir Square) with former Arab League Secretary General, former Egyptian Foreign Minister and recent Presidential candidate Amr Moussa.

Moussa, who has had a very distinguished career, is pitching for an accommodation amongst the key players in order to focus on the major internal challenges.

 

TURKEY

Capital: Ankara
Population: 75.6 million

New Zealand and Turkey have a close relationship founded on our shared experiences at Gallipoli in 1915. Turkey has land borders with two European and six Asian countries.

Another early departure to fly to Istanbul , then on to Ankara. A wreath laying ceremony at the Attaturk memorial, then meetings with President Gul, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament before flying back to Ankara for talks and dinner with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu, who has come back early from London for the occasion.

Davotoglu is a key player in the volatile politics of the region and a good friend. But Turkey is competing with us for a UN Security Council seat later next year. I am determined to keep the friendship strong, while our campaign should be equally strong. We are also working closely together on plans for the ANZAC centenary in 2015.

 

SAUDI ARABIA

Capital: Riyadh
Population: 28 million
By far the largest of the GCC states

New Zealand established diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia in 1977. As a major dairy importer, it is our most significant economic market in the Middle East.


Another night traveling - this time to Saudi Arabia via Dubai for a day of important calls: the Crown Prince, the deputy Foreign Minister (Prince Saud, Foreign Minister for nearly 40 years, is in the US for further medical treatment) and the Agriculture Minister. We also call on the richest man in the region, Prince Alwaleed, reputed to be worth over $US26B, a member of the Royal family but also an independent commentator and investor.


Saudi Arabia, with a population of 28 million is the big player in the six state Gulf Cooperation Council with whom we are attempting to secure a Free Trade Agreement. The potential in the GCC is huge, as will be evident from the GCC Strategy the Government will release soon.


 

JORDAN                                        

Capital: Amman
Population: 6.1 million

Jordan has a large Palestinian population of nearly 2 million. It is currently home to an estimated 330,000 Syrian refugees, with 1000 more crossing into its borders every day.




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 MM with President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces Ahmad Mouaz Al Khatib


Yet another 1.00am departure, this time to Dubai and on to Amman, Jordan. Jordan is an old friend to New Zealand and a very constructive player in the region. First a visit to a refugee camp where over 100,000 Syrians are now housed. The numbers are increasing by over 3000 per day with the Syrian border only a few kilometres away. In total somewhere over 400,000 Syrian refugees are now based in Jordan - a nation that simply does not have resources to cope. New Zealand has made $2m in contributions to the camp through the World Food Programme (along with similar contributions to support refugees in Turkey and Lebanon).

Jordan prides itself on dealing proactively with the Arab spring. Elections have just been held and for the first time the Prime Minister and Cabinet will reflect consultations with the parties in the Parliament. While earlier unrest has disrupted tourism flows, Jordan is more settled now.

Good meetings with King Abdullah (who will be a key figure in any Palestinian solution), newly appointed Prime Minister Ensour, and plenty of formal and informal time with Jordan's very impressive and experienced Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. From a trade perspective, Jordan is something of a regional hub providing an avenue for goods, especially into Iraq. We agree to look at ways of giving greater substance to this old and strong friendship, both in relation to trade and diplomatic cooperation.




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MM with the Crown Prince of Bahrain

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MM with Bahrain FM Sheikh Khalid al Khalifa




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MM with Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al Shater







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MM with former Egyptian FM and recent presidential candidate Amr Moussa

 

 

 

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MM with Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia





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MM at Zaatar refugee camp in Jordan



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Meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers, 4 - 12 March 2013

Cairo, Egypt

This weeks meeting of the Arab League Foreign Ministers in Cairo provides an opportunity to consolidate our relationship with that 22 member body and conduct a range of bilateral meetings in the margins.
The Arab League has shown strong leadership in dealing with a range of challenges within the region. We welcome this and have stepped up our level of engagement with this significant regional body.
On the way to Cairo I spent a day in Bahrain meeting with my Foreign Minister counterpart HH Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and a range of other key players.
After Cairo, brief visits are planned to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.


-MM

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 NZ Herald Article - 1 February 2013
 

'You've just got to make the calls'


5:30 AM Friday Feb 1, 2013
Murray McCully has hosted some of the world's top foreign ministers, including Hillary Clinton. Photo / Ross Setford

Murray McCully has hosted some of the world's top foreign ministers, including Hillary Clinton. Photo / Ross Setford

When John Key wrapped up his first 2013 caucus meeting on Tuesday, he finished it saying: "Okay, that's about it - Murray, see you in December."

He was half joking about Cabinet minister Murray McCully, who has the busiest year yet ahead of him out of his four years as Foreign Minister.

Mr McCully has already been to Ethiopia for the African Union Council executive meeting, and the United Arab Emirates.

In the next couple of months he is heading back to Africa, back to the Middle East, to China, to Central Asia and next week will go to the Antarctic for the first time. He also hopes to get to Washington in the first six months of the year to meet the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

"It's certainly going to be the busiest year from a travel point of view," Mr McCully told the Herald in an interview this week.

And while some people see making the formal circuit of the world's capitals as an unnecessary indulgence, the minister describes it effectively as a traditional and essential part of the job.

"You've just got to make the calls ... a lot of foreign policy depends on people making the formal calls and having the formal meetings.

"It is a very structured and quite hierarchical sort of environment and you've just got to do the calls."

In between his visit to Africa last week and Antarctica next week, he has been meeting teams of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade division by division, "reviewing where we are at region by region so we can relatively informally make sure we are all working off the same page from the beginning of the year".

He appears to have all but forgotten, if not forgiven, the rebellion in the ranks of senior diplomats last year when a series of leaks revealed strong resistance to restructuring plans by chief executive John Allen.

"I've always had a high degree of confidence in the ministry," he said. "I think one or two people got carried away in the heat of battle and some of the things that were proposed made people feel very strongly. That doesn't excuse unprofessional behaviour. There is a process to do with that which is being run by the State Services."

Troubleshooter Paula Rebstock has been commissioned by the State Services Commission to investigate the leaks from the ministry and Mr McCully is distancing himself from that process.

"I made it very clear that we would just get on and do the business. That's what the taxpayers pay me to do and what they pay the ministry to do."

He hadn't seen the report and he did not expect to do so although he understood it was still going to be some time away from completion.

New Zealand's bid to gain a place on the United Nations Security Council in 2015-16 is taking up more of his time as the vote in October next year gets closer.

He plans to cover a lot of ground this year: "We have been fairly active so far but the intensity of these things just keeps lifting as the years go by so this year is going to be pretty busy and next year is going to be frantic."

Mr McCully has just reappointed former National leader Jim McLay as ambassador to the United Nations.

"The senior face that presents in New York is very important and he cuts a very good figure there representing New Zealand," Mr McCully said.

"He is a rare combination of having the seniority and bearing to be able to make an impact but also the command of the detail, to be across a lot of stuff that is pretty challenging."

Other major issues on the agenda this year include the pull-out of New Zealand's contribution in Afghanistan, and more particularly working out what sort of civilian support is left in place to help with agricultural projects, as well as the transitions in the Solomons and Timor Leste from defence support to civilian support.

He will oversee a continuing push to strengthen relations with Southeast Asia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on an Asean strategy, setting out plans to develop stronger ties in the region.

And he will work on cementing ties with the new faces in leadership teams in China and the United States.

Mike Moore, a former Labour Prime Minister and director-general of the World Trade Organisation, has just been reappointed New Zealand's Ambassador to Washington for another three years.

Mr McCully went to Ethiopia a year ago and attendance at the African Union foreign ministers' meeting is now an annual fixture in Mr McCully's diary, not just for campaigning purposes.

"Yes, we do need to do some work there for the Security Council but some of the fastest growing countries in the world are in Africa."

Over half of the world's undeveloped agricultural land was in Africa and New Zealand had only two diplomatic posts there, in South Africa and Cairo, and a Wellington-based ambassador in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"We are under-done in Africa and we have to do more."

The challenge there and in Asia was trying to get better representation without getting a bigger budget.

He said there had been interest at the African Union meeting in New Zealand's support last year for the United Nations resolution on Palestinian statehood. (United States and Canada voted against; Australia and Britain abstained). But he insisted that the vote in support had nothing to do with the bid to get on to the Security Council.

"The key to that decision was our long-term determination to be seen as fair-minded and balanced and constructive in our approach," he said.

"And when you add it it up, the fact is that preserving that brand dictated that we should vote for it in the circumstances." It could be argued that New Zealand's brand was what it offered "front and centre" for the Security Council.

"But I've made it clear we are not going to go casting our vote or changing our policies in a simple attempt to win votes.

"I think our brand is very important. It's a long-term investment that New Zealand Governments and New Zealanders have made. We need to preserve it and enhance it."

Spain and Turkey are also seeking election for the two seats open to the grouping known as "Western Europe and others" but Australia's successful bid last year for a seat from 2013-14 could count against New Zealand.

Asked about the campaign to support Trade Minister Tim Groser as director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Mr McCully said that Mr Groser was running it as a "very personalised" campaign.

"Our pitch is not that it's New Zealand's turn or our region's turn or any of the considerations you might normally take into account. This is very much a campaign built around the personal attributes and experience of and status of Tim Groser so it is a very personalised campaign that is being run."


 

Travel to Africa and United Arab Emirates, 21-24 January 2013

Ethiopia, Abu Dhabi

The annual meeting of 54 African Union foreign ministers in Addis Ababa each January is an important opportunity to reach colleagues in a continent in which we have only two embassies, as well as the many other foreign ministers attending from around the world for the same reasons. Addis, as headquarters of the AU, is home to more diplomats than are based in the European Union headquarters in Brussels. 

The journey through Dubai provides the opportunity for a formal visit to our good friends in the United Arab Emirates. The brief visit includes a formal meeting with my counterpart, Sheik Abdullah, and calls on the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency and the UAE's major renewable player Masdar. A call on Sheik Ahmed Al Maktoum, CEO of Emirates Airlines, which now flies 28 times a week into New Zealand, was extremely positive. And a function for New Zealanders based in Dubai served to reinforce the huge number of key players we have based there. The UAE is important not just because of our fast growing two way trade, now over $1b a year, but because it is the gateway to the six state GCC where two way trade now exceeds $5b. 
Sheik Abdullah and I signed a memorandum to mark the start of cooperation between our conservation, environment and water management agencies. A medium term goal is a FTA with the GCC, which would have huge implications for New Zealand, especially our primary sector.

-MM

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Travel to the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu, 9 - 13 December 2012

Majuro 

The final overseas trip for 2012 is a quick whistle stop tour of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu with brief transits in Samoa. Majuro, capital of the Marshalls (RMI), will host next year’s Pacific Island Forum leaders’ meeting. A six hour Hercules trip from Samoa, RMI and its Northern Pacific neighbours are the least connected geographically of the Forum states. For our Tarawa-based ambassador it involved a four day trek through Fiji and Honolulu to be there in advance of my team.

Kiribati

Good visit to Kiribati but major challenges remain despite New Zealand stepping up efforts in recent years.

Excellent meeting with President Tong (also met with most of his ministers and other key figures) reflecting the substantial lift in New Zealand activity in Kiribati in the last two years.

Unveiled a plaque at the Marine Training Centre to mark 30 years of New Zealand support. New Zealand can be very proud of the MTC - it is a world-class facility training seafarers. They send home over $10m in remittances every year. The Kiribati Cabinet has now agreed to merge the MTC with the Fisheries Training Centre also funded by New Zealand.

With 3.55 million square kilometres of EEZ, fisheries is the big opportunity for Kiribati. While there I inspected a new tuna loining plant capable of sending both frozen and chilled tuna to Japan. The challenge now is to get throughput above the 10 tonnes a day, which is the break even level. We will be stepping up our support for locals trying to upgrade equipment to meet the standards required for the new factory.

The place is also tidier than during my last visit in 2010 - partly the result of New Zealand-funded solid waste disposal systems including refuse trucks, old car collection and crushing, and can and plastic recycling. The big problem is sanitation. Beaches are still toilets of choice and the pollution level is terrible.

Plans are developed for a large subdivision on state-owned land designed to provide climate-proof dwellings. But the usual budget blowouts will make this a tough call when the final numbers are available.

The main road through Tarawa is unbelievable. Work on a World Bank and ADB project to do a major upgrade seem to have floundered on bureaucratic process.

Clearly the pollution levels are not helped by large causeways which impeded flushing. Sooner or later someone is going to need to blow some holes and let the lagoon flush properly. A good project for our army engineers perhaps.

Tuvalu

Haven't been to Tuvalu since 2009. Population about 10,000. Isolated by poor air connections. Last year they were hit by severe water shortages caused by drought. One of Tuvalu's islands, Nukulaelae, was down to the last 90 litres of water for a population of 300. New Zealand was fast out of the blocks sending a Hercules with water and desalination gear. This is very well remembered by grateful Tuvaluans.

Not a great destination for the luxury traveller - hot running water does not feature on the list of comforts. Overwhelming feature is vulnerability to rising sea levels. Pretty much all of the main island of Funafuti is washed over by spring tides.

Tuvalu struggles to find a long-term source of income. With about 750,000 square kilometres of EEZ, clearly fisheries is one. The Tuvalu Trust Fund, currently holding $128m, will provide some long-term support.

As is common in the region, the cost of imported diesel for electricity is a big drain on the economy. Next March we are, with the EU, hosting a renewable energy conference to try to marshal donor support. If we can join others in funding a mix of solar and wind initiatives for Funafuti it will make a huge difference to their budget accounts as well as the environment.

Key project at the moment is a ship to shore development which will vastly improve shipping between each of the nine islands. In my meeting with PM Willy Telavi, I committed $2.2m to complete the whole network. Should be complete next year.

-MM

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Biennial ASEM Summit in Vientiane, 5 - 6 November 2012

Laos

Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers representing 51 countries are meeting in Vientiane this week for the biennial ASEM summit. ASEM is a gathering of Asian and European Union leaders over two days, alternating between European and Asian capitals. I attended the last ASEM meeting in Brussels two years ago, shortly after we had been admitted to membership, along with Australia and Russia. After two days in Vientiane I will make a formal visit to Vietnam for meetings with my counterpart and calls on leaders.

I pushed to secure New Zealand membership of ASEM two years ago because any gathering of European and Asian leaders inevitably involves conversations that New Zealand would want to be engaged in. As with all major international meetings at senior level, there are significant opportunities for bilateral meetings on the margins.

-MM

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Visit to Papua New Guinea, 29-31 October 2012

Papua New Guinea

This week's official visit to Papua New Guinea takes place as the country enters a new era. The newly-elected government of Prime Minister Peter O'Niell is charting a new course following the years of Somare leadership. The country's economy is growing at nearly 10 per cent on the back of huge gas and minerals developments. And the country's new leaders have made it clear that they greatly value the prospect of closer relations with New Zealand.

The three-day visit will include meetings with Prime Minister O'Neill, Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato, Trad Minister Richard Mari, Treasurer Don Polye and Planning Minister Charles Abel as well as meeting with the Cabinet Economic Committee and Opposition Leader Belden Namah.

A one-day visit to Mt Hagen in the Highlands, where Foreign Minister Pato will host our Foreign Minister's talks will also provide a chance to look at rural developments issues first hand.

A small business delegation will take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen business ties.

The scope to expand trade and economic ties is huge. The PNG Government has a particular desire for New Zealand input in the development of geothermal energy and commercial agriculture.

-MM
                                                                                                                            

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11 October 2012

 
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Arriving for a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman at Putrajaya on Thursday 11 October 2012.

- MM

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Arriving for a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman at Putrajaya on Thursday 11 October 2012.

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Indonesia-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission, 10 October 2012

Indonesia

The Indonesia-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa provided an opportunity for an annual stocktake on this important relationship.

It is not just a conversation about the huge trade and economic opportunities that exist following the ratification of the AANZFTA. Over 70,000 students travel abroad for educational purposes each year from Indonesia. Last year we attracted 600. There is huge upside potential for a
safe, friendly country like NZ. Our aid spend is heavily focused on agriculture and geothermal initiatives, both areas in which there is a strong demand for our world class expertise. The key here is to link a small aid investment with an enduring commercial presence from NZ businesses.

A key goal going forward must be direct air links. The Air NZ service to Bali over the holiday season has been a step forward. But a direct Jakarta service is a key to unlocking the potential in this relationship.

The other key aspect to our talks was the wider relationship with ASEAN. In the same way in which Indonesia looks to NZ to facilitate contact with the Pacific, we value Indonesia's insights into ASEAN developments. Recent years have seen Indonesia take an increasingly strong leadership role in regional affairs and I publicly commended Marty Natalegawa for his personal leadership, and quiet but effective regional diplomacy

-MM


Meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, 9 October 2012

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Meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa prior to the 5th Indonesia-New Zealand Joint Minsiterial Commission on 9 October.

-MM

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Bilateral talks in Jamaica and Cuba, 2 - 5 October 2012

Jamaica

Exchanging gifts with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Kingston

Training on Usain Bolt's home track, with NZ High Commissioner to Jamaica Andrew Needs, Kingston

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With Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Havana


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United Nations General Assembly, 27 September 2012

New York, United States of America

The 67th General Assembly of the United Nations commenced in New York this week. Attended by over 100 heads of state and government, and over 100 foreign ministers, the gathering is an important opportunity to advance New Zealand's relationships across a range of interests. Foremost amongst these is the promotion of our campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2015-16. With two years to go, New Zealand is well placed, but we face a tough contest against two very much larger players, Turkey and Spain.

-MM

 



Trip to the Cook Islands, February 20-24 2014

 
 
 
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