U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns opened the 2013 U.S.-New Zealand Strategic Dialogue with New Zealand’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen; Chief of Defence Force Rhys Jones; Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf; and Deputy Secretary of Defence Bede Corry today at the U.S. Department of State as part of our countries’ ongoing bilateral discussions.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James P. Zumwalt led the discussion and welcomed the productive efforts of the United States and New Zealand to jointly tackle key challenges. The two sides discussed issues of global concern and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. They reiterated their commitment to continuing to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and New Zealand.
The issues discussed by the United States and New Zealand included:
The U.S. delegation included representatives from the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Staff, and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The New Zealand delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Defence, the New Zealand Defence Force, and Treasury. The two sides looked forward to holding the next Strategic Dialogue in the second half of 2013.