World leaders to visit NZ
By 3 News online staff
Three world leaders are due to visit New Zealand in the days around the G20 Summit in Brisbane next week.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese president Xi Jinping will make official visits either ahead of or following the meeting of world leaders.
Ms Merkel's visit on November 14 will be the first by a German Chancellor since 1997 and aside from formal talks, she will give a lecture at Auckland University and meet German and New Zealand business representatives.
Prime Minister John Key says being able to discuss issues such as the conflict in Iraq and Syria with Ms Merkel will be invaluable ahead of New Zealand taking up its seat on the UN Security Council next year.
Meanwhile, counter-terrorism will be on the agenda when Mr Harper makes his first official visit from November 13-14. He will meet Mr Key and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
"Canadians feel a natural affinity with New Zealand," Mr Harper said in a statement today (NZ time).
"The two countries share common values and a healthy trade and commercial relationship, and collaborate on a wide range of regional and global issues.
"I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister John Key to build upon this already fruitful relationship, and to discuss matters of mutual importance, including security and defence, international trade and counter-terrorism."
Accompanied by his Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Mr Harper will join other leaders at the G20 summit from November 15-16.
President Xi will make a state visit from November 19 to 21 and will be the first by a Chinese head of state since President Hu Jintao in 2003.
He will visit Auckland and Wellington on a number of official engagements.
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