21 Mar 2013

NZ, Afghan ministers attend wreath-laying ceremony

10:21 am on 21 March 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and his Afghan counterpart, Dr Zalmai Rassoul, have attended a wreath-laying ceremony to acknowledge the lives lost in Afghanistan.

The ministers laid a wreath at the National War Memorial in Wellington on Tuesday, the second day of Dr Rassoul's visit.

On Monday, the ministers held talks in Wellington in which they discussed New Zealand's ongoing development programme in Bamyan province.

Dr Rassoul was also meeting Prime Minister John Key, and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

New Zealand has led the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan Province since 2003 and most personnel will leave the country next month. Some will remain as trainers for the Afghan army and in other roles.