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Bilateral Cooperation Heads New Zealand FM Visit To Indonesia, Malaysia
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-10/08/c_131893263.htm
Source Date: Monday, October 08, 2012
Country: New Zealand
Created: Oct 08, 2012

WELLINGTON, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is to travel to Malaysia and Indonesia this week for talks on a range of bilateral and international issues, and to attend commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombing.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa would host McCully for the fifth annual Indonesia-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission in Jakarta where they would discuss developments in agriculture cooperation, the environment, labor and geothermal energy, said a statement from McCully on Monday.

"As Indonesia is a key player in ASEAN, this will also be a valuable opportunity to discuss developments in the region," McCully said in the statement.

McCully would also represent New Zealand at a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombing on Oct. 12, which would also be attended by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Last week McCully announced the government would support the attendance of New Zealanders who were seriously affected by the Bali bombings.

A total of 202 people were killed 2002 terrorist attack, including 88 Australians, 32 Indonesians, 24 British citizens and three New Zealanders.

In Kuala Lumpur, McCully would meet Foreign Minister Anifah Aman for formal talks on bilateral and regional issues.

"New Zealand and Malaysia are close friends and I look forward to an update on regional developments from the minister. Our discussions will include the timetable for New Zealand's withdrawal from Afghanistan, where our troops serve side by side," he said.
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