24 Jul 2010

PM to hold summit with ASEAN nations

2:04 pm on 24 July 2010

Prime Minister John Key will hold a summit with members of the Association of South East Asian Nations in Vietnam, in October.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully, who is in Vietnam for ASEAN-related meetings, says the summit will be the first time New Zealand and representatives of the 10-nation bloc have met in such a format.

He says it reflects the Government's commitment to strengthening the relationship with ASEAN members and the value they place on New Zealand as a key regional partner.

Mr McCully says ASEAN is now the country's third-largest trading market, with two-way trade worth around $10 billion last year.