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31 July, 2015

NZ deeply concerned at Israeli settlements announcement

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply concerned at the announcement by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the immediate construction of 300 housing units in the settlement of Beit El and the additional approval of around 500 new housing units in East Jerusalem.

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31 July, 2015

NZ statement to SIDS Open Debate

I thank our distinguished briefers for their informative contributions and the heads of government and Ministers who have come to New York to participate in this debate.

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30 July, 2015

NZ expresses deep disappointment at veto of resolution on MH17

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the failure of the Security Council to adopt a resolution seeking to establish an international tribunal to provide accountability for the downing of flight MH17 is deeply disappointing.

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30 July, 2015

NZ welcomes progress towards peace in Cyprus

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council’s renewal today of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus comes at an important time for the island.

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28 July, 2015

Meeting with US Secretary of State

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington today to discuss issues related to New Zealand’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the US/NZ relationship.

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24 July, 2015

NZ statement to UNSC Middle East Open Debate

Right across the Middle East, grave issues continue to demand this Council’s attention.

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21 July, 2015

Security Council confirms Iran nuclear deal

Foreign Minister Murray McCully chaired a meeting of the United Nations Security Council today that endorsed last week’s historic nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany.

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17 July, 2015

NZ remembers anniversary of MH17 downing

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with the victims of the MH17 tragedy and their families on the first anniversary of the flight going down.

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16 July, 2015

McCully to New York for UNSC Presidency

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to New York this weekend to support New Zealand’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

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15 July, 2015

New Zealand welcomes historic nuclear deal

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed news that agreement has been reached on a nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany.

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10 July, 2015

NZ raises Nauru civil rights concerns

Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with President Waqa of Nauru in Sydney yesterday and today to express New Zealand’s concerns over reported violations of civil and political rights.

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10 July, 2015

McClay attends 30,000th Last Post in Belgium

Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Todd McClay has represented New Zealand at the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, in Belgium.

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8 July, 2015

New WTO Permanent Representative announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Vangelis Vitalis as New Zealand’s next Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva.

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7 July, 2015

McCully to Forum Foreign Ministers meeting in Sydney

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Sydney later this week to attend a meeting of Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers.

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30 June, 2015

NZ announces Cyclone Pam tourism recovery package

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam.

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29 June, 2015

US/NZ Partnership Forum opens

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the start of the US/NZ Partnership Forum which is taking place in Auckland this week.

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26 June, 2015

Opening address - 2015 Otago Foreign Policy School

I want to start by stating the glaringly obvious. In international relations, size matters. It is not the only thing, but in reality the bigger you are, and the more resources you have, the more options you have.

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26 June, 2015

High level visitors for World Humanitarian Summit

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the leaders and dignitaries who will visit Auckland next week for the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific.

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21 June, 2015

Prosecutions a major blow for IUU fishing in Southern Ocean

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today hailed the action taken by Spain against those responsible for illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing as giant step forward in the fight to protect the Southern Ocean.

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17 June, 2015

Papers highlight Labour’s bad faith dealings

Newly-released Cabinet papers show the previous Labour Government acted in bad faith around the Saudi sheep issue and was repeatedly warned its actions carried legal, commercial and diplomatic risks, Acting Foreign Minister Todd McClay says.

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15 June, 2015

NZ to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

New Zealand has agreed to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is being established to invest in new infrastructure across Asia, Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully say.

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29 May, 2015

Minister McCully to the Middle East and Cyprus

Foreign Minister Murray McCully departs on an official visit to the Middle East and Cyprus this weekend.

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29 May, 2015

Visit by Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed a visit to New Zealand by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic , Miroslav Lajčák.

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28 May, 2015

New Zealand to open Embassy in Iraq

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will be opening an Embassy in Baghdad, which will be headed by career diplomat James Munro.

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27 May, 2015

Visit by Chinese Party Secretary Hu Chunhua

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed a visit to New Zealand by Mr Hu Chunhua, Politburo Member of CPC Central Committee and Party Secretary of Guangdong Province.

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26 May, 2015

Timor-Leste Foreign Minister in NZ

Foreign Minister McCully has welcomed tomorrow’s visit to New Zealand by Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, Hernani Coelho.

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25 May, 2015

NZ welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister Mr K Shanmugam to New Zealand.

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23 May, 2015

NZ welcomes interception of IUU fishing vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the news that two well-known illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels, Songhua and Yongding, have been found and boarded by local authorities in Cabo Verde.

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17 May, 2015

McCully to New York and Caribbean

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to New York today for Security Council related meetings and then to Saint Lucia to attend the annual Caribbean Foreign Minister’s Meeting (COFCOR).

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15 May, 2015

New High Commissioner to Tonga

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced diplomat Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga.

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