Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta had a warm and engaging conversation with her US counterpart Secretary Anthony Blinken on Saturday.
They noted the deep, long-lasting friendship between the US and Aotearoa New Zealand, which is based on shared democratic values. New Zealand and the US are close strategic partners and cooperate internationally on many shared interests, which were discussed during the conversation. These included working more closely together in the Pacific to strengthen resilience, address climate change, and advance cooperation on our oceans and fisheries.
Minister Mahuta and Secretary Blinken also shared concerns about the build-up of Russian military forces on its Ukraine border.