Armenia and New Zealand Will Have Ambassadors at Large

From left, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully with his Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandian.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Armenpress) — Armenia’s Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian arrived in New Zealand on August 9 on a state visit.

Nalbandian met with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully. Welcoming his Armenian counterpart, McCully said, “You took a great step accepting my invitation and travel- ing this huge distance which shows the readi- ness of Armenia to give a new quality to our bilateral relations.”

Nalbandian mentioned that this was the first visit by an Armenian foreign minis- ter to New Zealand since diplomatic ties were established 20 years ago.

During bilateral talks, the two men agreed that embassies need to be established in their respec- tive countries in order to further cooperation.

The two also discussed international issues.

Nalbandian spoke about Armenia’s security poli- cy in the Caucasus. In this context he praised the balanced position of New Zealand towards the

Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) conflict. McCully spoke about developments in the Asian Pacific region and the approaches of his country in these issues. Nalbandian invited McCully to visit Yerevan. During his stay there, he visited the Museum of the Second World War in Aukland and laid a wreath at the monument to victims of war. He also met with the representatives of the Armenian community in New Zealand.