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William Hague to visit NZ

Published: 1:43PM Friday January 11, 2013

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague will visit New Zealand next week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Hague will hold formal bilateral talks in Auckland on January 15 and McCully said he is "looking forward to welcoming Mr Hague to New Zealand for the second time in two years".

It is an opportunity "to address critical foreign policy issues with a close and valued partner and explore new ways to work together on bilateral and global issues", McCully said.

He expects the situation in Iran and Syria, the Middle East Peace Process and developments in Afghanistan will feature in their discussions, as will regional issues such as Fiji and Myanmar.

While in Auckland, Hague will meet New Zealand business leaders and entrepreneurs, young Pacific leaders, academics, and non government organisations.

Hague will also visit Christchurch for a tour of the Red Zone and to lay a wreath at HMNZS Pegasus naval base in honour of New Zealand service men and women.