11 Jan 2013

UK Foreign Secretary to visit NZ

1:24 pm on 11 January 2013

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is to visit New Zealand next week for talks and a tour of the earthquake red zone in Christchurch.

AAP reports it will be his second visit in two years.

Formal bilateral talks will be held with Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully in Auckland on Tuesday, the second day of the itinerary,

Mr McCully said the talks would be a chance to address critical foreign policy issues.

Likely to be on the agenda would be Iran and Syria, the Middle East peace process, and developments in Afghanistan, Fiji and Myanmar.

In Auckland, Mr Hague will also meet business people, young Pacific leaders, academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

In Christchurch, he will lay a wreath at the HMNZS Pegasus naval base in honour of New Zealand service personnel.