Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading to the Middle East this weekend to discuss conflict and trade agreements.
"My visits to the region is an opportunity to meet with senior Ministers to advocate for the de-escalation of these conflicts and discuss regional issues such as the Middle East Peace Process," says Mr McCully.
The Minister will be meeting with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council while in Riyadh, as well as New Zealand and local businesses.
Mr McCully will discuss the New Zealand -Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement with regional leaders.
"New Zealand has a role to play in addressing the pressing crises affecting the Middle East, including the conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq," says Mr McCully, the elected member of the United Nations Security Council.