New Zealand PM set to visit UK and Europe

NZ Prime Minister John Key starts a seven day European visit this week for EU and NATO talks and to attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.



NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key will be visiting the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium from 2 to 8 June.

The visit will include three days in London, as well as time in Hamburg, Berlin, and Brussels, where Mr Key will meet with European Parliament representatives and NATO, according to the National Party website.

While in London, Mr Key will attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

“As well as representing New Zealand at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, the visit will mean New Zealand can advance its bilateral relationships with the European Union, NATO, and Germany,” said Mr Key ahead of the tour.

The Prime Minister and Mrs Key are due to have dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday 5 June. Mr Key will also be calling on the Governor of Bank of England, Dr Mervyn King.

In Brussels, the prime minister will meet NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Mr Key is also scheduled to launch the Friends of New Zealand Group in the European Parliament.

In Germany he will visit Hamburg and Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, deliver two keynote speeches and attend an event run by Tourism NZ.

“The trip will also be a valuable opportunity to give me first-hand information on the issues currently confronting Europe. The European Union remains the world’s largest economic bloc, and is our third largest export market for goods, worth $5 billion,” Mr Key said.