President of the Republic meets New Zealand Prime Minister John Key [fr]
The President of the Republic, François Hollande, received John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, at a meeting on the 14th of July. One hundred years after the Battle of the Somme, he paid homage to the memory of the thousands of New Zealand soldiers who died for the freedom of Europe during the First World War. He also paid tribute to the participation of the New Zealand troops in the Bastille Day parade alongside Austalian and French troops.
As our two countries celebrate the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and New Zealand is a member of the United Nations Security Council, the President noted the convergence of views between France and New Zealand regarding international crises and praised the our countries’ shared involvement in the fight against islamist terrorism, particularly against Daesh in Iraq.
He expressed his desire to continue the development of bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of trade, investment and defence cooperation. He also mentioned the growing involvement of French collectivities in the Pacific in their regional environment and the need to reinforce cooperation in the fight against natural disasters and climate change, as part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Finally, the President of the Republic expressed his wishes that Brexit would not have consequences for the closening of relations between New Zealand and the European Union, particularly on economic and trade matters.