India and Pacific state of New Zealand have discussed measures for promoting peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand spoke to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Monday. This was Jaishankar’s first interaction with Mahuta.
The Ministers discussed bilateral issues, shared vision of the Indo-Pacific and regional issues, roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and expectations about post-COVID recovery. They agreed to keep in touch for further strengthening of bilateral cooperation, and for promoting peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, sources informed.
Mahuta was appointed as the Foreign Minister of New Zealand last November after the landslide victory of the Labour Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She is the first woman and first Maori to be appointed as the Foreign Minister of New Zealand. She has more than 20 years of experience as a Parliamentarian.
Foreign Minister Mahuta delivered her inaugural foreign policy speech to the diplomatic corps in New Zealand on February 4, outlining her country’s foreign policy priorities.