[23 November/Rural News]

Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says New Zealand and Ireland have much to gain by joining forces to pool knowledge, expertise and global connections. The Foreign Minister’s remarks came when he officially opened New Zealand’s Embassy in Dublin. Until now the Irish Republic has been serviced from the NZ High Commission in London. Peters says NZ is enormously grateful for the strong support it has received from Ireland in its efforts to deepen ties with the European Union, including through the conclusion of a free trade agreement. He says Ireland, in turn, has in NZ a committed partner in helping it deepen its ties with East Asia and the Pacific.