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Clinton aims to mend relations with New Zealand

Clinton aims to mend relations with New Zealand

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is meeting with officials in New Zealand in a bid to fully restore ties that have been irritated by a lingering 25-year-long nuclear dispute.
Clinton arrived in the capital on Thursday and was expected to sign with her counterpart the "Wellington Declaration," a document that will lay out parameters of enhanced U.S.-New Zealand cooperation on counterterrorism, transnational crime and climate change. She will also announce a new strategic dialogue with the South Pacific nation.
Despite a long history of friendship, relations between the two countries have been hampered since 1985 when New Zealand began denying entry to U.S. warships because the Pentagon refused to declare if they were carrying nuclear weapons.


Updated : 2021-01-26 23:44 GMT+08:00