NZ Foreign Minister to meet Netanyahu

May 4, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has left for the  Middle East where he will attend a ministerial summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Egypt.

Murray McCully

“The NAM Ministerial Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, is an excellent opportunity to discuss important global and regional issues, such as the ongoing conflict in Syria, with ministers from over 120 countries,” Mr McCully says.

“It is a significant gathering to which I will convey New Zealand’s strong credentials for the United Nations Security Council membership in 2015-16.”

En route to Wednesday’s summit, Mr McCully will visit Israel, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory, where he will meet with a number of key officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s Prince Hassan and Palestinian leaders President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

“New Zealand has long taken a balanced, even-handed stance on the Arab-Israel conflict, and been a consistent supporter of a diplomatically negotiated solution through the Middle East Peace Process,” Mr McCully says.

“We want to continue to be a constructive partner in this regard.”

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