Hon Murray McCully | MP for East Coast Bays

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Foreign Affairs
Fri 28 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Jane Coombs as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France. “New Zealand’s relationship with France is one of our most long-standing and vibrant, and it remains an important partner within the European Union,” Mr McCully says. “Since 2014, we have been jointly commemorating both the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the death of thousands of New Zealand soldiers on French soil.
Foreign Affairs
Wed 26 Apr 2017
New Zealand and Viet Nam have launched a $5.4 million initiative to reduce dam related flooding in Viet Nam. Foreign Minister Murray McCully joined Mr Ha Cong Tuan, Viet Nam’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in Ha Noi today to launch the New Zealand-funded five-year project, which will focus on dam safety for the 1000km-long Ca River in Viet Nam. “New Zealand is sharing its expertise in water engineering and natural hazard management to help Viet Nam address its development challenges,” Mr McCully says.
Foreign Affairs
Mon 24 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Ha Noi today to meet Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and President Tran Dai Quang. “New Zealand’s relationship with Viet Nam has grown markedly in recent years. Bilateral trade, political engagement and people-to-people connections are all strengthening,” Mr McCully says. ...
Foreign Affairs
Tue 18 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Hawaii today to meet with senior figures in the United States Pacific Command. Mr McCully will also meet with members of Hawaii’s political leadership, senior academics and opinion makers. “The US Pacific Command is responsible for US military operations in over half the world’s surface,” Mr McCully says. ...
Foreign Affairs
Thu 6 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced that New Zealand has updated its travel advice for Turkey.  “The advice for New Zealand citizens reflects information received that suggests terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula,” Mr McCully says. While travel advice for Turkey and the Gallipoli Peninsula has changed, the level of risk remains the same.  ...
Foreign Affairs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the bombing in the northwest of Syria where dozens of people have been killed in a chemical weapons attack.  “I was appalled to learn of another attack in an area where chemical weapons have previously been used,” Mr McCully says. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims of this barbaric attack, which is especially horrific for the number of children killed and injured. ...
Foreign Affairs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully welcomes the Angolan Minister of External Relations Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, who he will meet in Wellington today. “This visit presents an opportunity to deepen this relationship, including through discussing ways to increase trade flows. Angola had one of the fastest-growing economies of the past decade, and appointed its first ever Ambassador to New Zealand, resident in Singapore, last year,” Mr McCully says. ...
Foreign Affairs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Thank you for the opportunity to make this address this evening. In one month from now I will have tendered my resignation as New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, having served in this capacity for nearly eight-and-a-half years. At the outset, I want to acknowledge - and I have said this many times to my staff and to the Ministry - that the real foreign minister is always the Prime Minister. An effective Prime Minister / Foreign Minister team need to present a seamless face to both the outside world, and to the New Zealand public.
Foreign Affairs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today welcomed Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to New Zealand. Lebanon is an important partner for New Zealand in the Middle East. During our term on the UN Security Council, we engaged closely with Lebanon on regional issues, including the war in Syria. Since 1954, New Zealand has contributed to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) which helps maintain peace in the region. The current commander of UNTSO is a New Zealander.
Foreign Affairs
Tue 4 Apr 2017
New Zealand and Singapore are to pursue an Enhanced Partnership that will significantly boost collaboration between the two countries, their Foreign Ministers, Hon Murray McCully, and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, announced today The two Ministers, who met in Wellington today, said the Enhanced Partnership would deepen cooperation in the areas of trade and economics, security and defence, people-to-people links and research, technology and innovation, and in ways that would set an example of integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
Foreign Affairs
Tue 4 Apr 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Wellington on his first visit to New Zealand as Foreign Minister. “New Zealand and Singapore share a warm friendship that includes extensive trade and economic links, long-standing defence ties and regional cooperation,” Mr McCully says. ...
Foreign Affairs
Wed 29 Mar 2017
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $3 million to support emergency famine relief and prevention efforts in Africa and Yemen.  “More than 20 million people are currently facing famine conditions or severe food shortages across the Greater Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen,” Mr McCully says. “Droughts in some of these areas have been compounded by conflict and insecurity, giving rise to a very serious humanitarian situation.