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NZ and Australian Foreign Ministers in Jakarta for Indo-Pacific talks
10:44 pm GMT+12, 19/03/2019, Indonesia

Regional stability will be on the agenda for discussions as New Zealand's Foreign Minister visits Indonesia's capital today.
 
Winston Peters' Jakarta trip had already been planned before last Friday's mosque terror attack in Christchurch.
 
He is also to attend a High-Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation, hosted by Indonesia's government.
 
Peters has indicated he will use the visit to express condolences for Indonesians killed in the Christchurch attacks.
 
“While the visit to Indonesia was scheduled for some time, the importance of it now cannot be overstated,” said Peters.
 
“First and foremost, it will be an opportunity to mark our appreciation for the sympathy and support of Indonesia and other countries in the region, and update them on how this country is responding. 
 
“We will also express our deepest condolences. Many of those killed or injured in this despicable act of terrorism were originally from the region or maintain family connections.”
 
“Our current intention is then to travel onwards to Turkey, at the request of the Turkish Government, to attend a special ministerial meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation being held in Istanbul.
 
“This important event will allow New Zealand to join with our partners in standing against terrorism and speaking up for values such as understanding and religious tolerance. We are very clear that the terrorist attack in Christchurch, committed by a person who is not a New Zealander, is utterly contrary to our core beliefs,” Peters said.
 
The minister will meet his Australian counterpart Marise Payne who said she would convey condolences on the terrorist attack.
 
According to Payne, the dialogue is an opportunity for countries in the Indo-Pacific region to better work together to promote an open, inclusive and prosperous region.
 
“Enhancing our practical cooperation and seeking to build cohesion across the region serves to support security, stability and prosperity for all members of the Indo-Pacific,” Payne said.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/MFAT/PACNEWS


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