Office of the Spokesperson
December 17, 2018
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters at the Department of State. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Peters for New Zealand’s continued support in working towards the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un and for New Zealand’s assistance in countering terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. They discussed the strategic relationship between the United States and New Zealand, our strong trade and commercial ties, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in partnership with Pacific Island countries, and joint efforts to strengthen the international rules-based order.https://twitter.com/VP/status/1074774081160036358
Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand.
STATEMENTS & RELEASES
Vice President Pence met today with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters of New Zealand. The two reaffirmed the close strategic partnership between the United States and New Zealand and committed to maintaining the close ties of friendship between our two countries. Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Peters discussed the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy, with a particular focus on the Pacific Islands region. The Vice President welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister’s recent announcement of increased New Zealand assistance to Pacific Island nations. The two discussed the United States’ Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative and New Zealand’s Pacific Reset, noting the importance of good governance, the need for broad economic development in the Pacific that includes the private sector, and strong and inclusive government institutions, based on principles of openness and transparency. The Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister agreed to the importance of the United States and New Zealand working closely together to achieve a breakthrough on improving bilateral trade. They also agreed to deepen our Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement by supporting WTO reform and working together to eliminate unfair trade practices.
Welcomed Deputy PM @winstonpeters of New Zealand to the @WhiteHouse – productive discussion about working together on improving bilateral trade. The US & New Zealand are committed to strengthening our friendship & deepening cooperation on shared goals that benefit both countries. pic.twitter.com/yJTo39u79r
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 17, 2018