Foreign Minister Murray McCully at a press conference in Vanuatu with Prime Minister Sato Kilman
Foreign Minister, Murray McCully travelled to Vanuatu and Solomon Islands from 14-16 June to meet with leaders ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland later this year.
“New Zealand is honoured to host this year’s meeting of Forum leaders in September, the 40th anniversary of the regional body. We are determined to use our leadership role constructively and consult widely amongst Pacific nations in the lead up to the event,” Mr McCully said.
Both Vanuatu and Solomon Islands make an important contribution to the Pacific region. Meeting with Forum leaders ahead of the 6-9 September Forum will help ensure that New Zealand can host a meeting that truly reflects the views, concerns and aspirations of these countries.
“New Zealand’s development assistance programme has a strong focus on helping Pacific island countries such as Vanuatu and Solomon Islands realise their potential,” Mr McCully said.
“A major theme at this year’s Forum will be how to turn the Pacific region’s untapped potential into prosperity and identify ways we can work together to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of Pacific people, Mr McCully said.