Prime Ministers’ Queenstown rendezvous

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Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Julia Gillard will discuss strengthening economic relations in Queenstown this weekend.

Key is hosting Gillard in the resort for the two countries’ annual talks, with this year marking 30 years since the conclusion of the successful trans-Tasman trade agreement, Closer Economic Relations.

The two leaders will also discuss cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world, particularly as Australia looks towards assuming presidency of the G20 and a seat on the UN Security Council.

Australia and New Zealand’s engagement on defence and security matters, including cooperation on cyber-security, will also be on the agenda.

“With Prime Minister Gillard, I also look forward to discussing the recommendations of our Joint Productivity Commissions’ report into strengthening economic relations between Australia and New Zealand,” Key says.

Key adds he’s looking forward to hosting Gillard for the annual meeting.

“It provides the opportunity to build on our shared ties and discuss areas where we can engage in a constructive manner,” he says.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Gillard to New Zealand. I look forward to making progress on our shared agendas and strengthening the friendship between our respective countries.”