Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met this morning in Sydney for their first annual Australian-New Zealand leaders meeting.
“It was great to meet Prime Minister Albanese again, further cementing the close and renewed relationship between Australia and New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“It is important that we can continue to communicate freely and coordinate on the full range of national and international issues.
“In an increasingly uncertain and risky geostrategic environment, having close friends who share values and work together is more essential than ever for the security and well-being of our citizens and the region.
“The presence of a number of my Cabinet colleagues and their Australian counterparts at our meeting was a valuable opportunity for us to strengthen these individual relationships and to discuss the range of mutual policy interests of our governments,” he said. said Jacinda Ardern.
The couple discussed changes to the situation for New Zealanders in Australia, including ways to streamline New Zealanders’ access to Australian citizenship with an agreement to identify options by ANZAC Day 2023; cooperation and engagement in the Pacific region, climate change and the responsibility of countries to commit to ambitious action against climate change; and respective responses to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
“New Zealand is a proud peaceful nation, and with the Pacific Islands Forum next week we discussed in detail our shared view that the perspectives and priorities of Pacific island countries must guide any engagement. regional.
“New Zealand also reiterated its commitment to supporting COVID-19 recovery, regional prosperity and security, including through joint support for high-quality, climate-resilient infrastructure, and will discuss with other countries in the Pacific in how we can continue to support the region,” said Jacinda Ardern.
The Prime Ministers also noted the success of the single economic market under the REC and the importance of the agreement in helping to ensure the economic security of both countries. They agreed that economy ministers should meet later in the year to explore further opportunities to support Trans-Tasman businesses and consumers to further accelerate economic recovery in both countries.
As a demonstration of resetting the relationship, we have also agreed to annual formal bilateral meetings between our Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance and Climate Change.
The Premiers agreed to continue to work closely together to address these and other issues of importance to both countries and set out in a joint statement all of the issues discussed.
(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)