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New Zealand leader John Key to meet with Obama

New Zealand leader John Key to meet with President Obama to discuss trade, military issues

New Zealand leader John Key to meet with Obama

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will meet President Barack Obama in Washington next month to discuss trade and military issues.

The White House said in a statement Tuesday that the June 20 meeting will highlight the increasingly close relationship between the two countries.

The two leaders say they plan to discuss military cooperation, climate change, and a potential trade deal that also involves Japan and nine other Pacific nations.

The visit comes three months before general elections in New Zealand. Key and his center-right government are seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Key will also use his time in Washington to lobby in support of New Zealand's bid to win a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Key and Obama played golf together January in Hawaii.


Updated : 2021-07-30 12:43 GMT+08:00