McCully heads to Europe to talk peace, free trade

  • 11/06/2016
Foreign Minister Murray McCully (file)
Foreign Minister Murray McCully (file)

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is off to Europe to meet with the world's leading peace negotiators and to push for a free-trade agreement with the EU.

He's attending the Oslo Forum, a discreet meeting held annually in June in Oslo.

It's traditionally an opportunity to test peacemakers' ideas about conflicts and regions, and is a safe venue for sharing lessons learnt and best practices, media report. Participation is by invitation-only.

Attendees this year include US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

"The forum is a further opportunity for New Zealand to push for the resolution of key global conflicts, building on our efforts in the UN Security Council, and to reiterate New Zealand's calls for a greater global focus on conflict prevention," Mr McCully said.

Following the forum Mr McCully will visit Finland, Latvia and Lithuania where he will meet his counterparts and other senior government representatives to discuss regional and global security challenges, as well as a free trade agreement between New Zealand and the EU.