LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will receive New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in London on Friday for talks on security and strengthening bilateral ties.
The meeting comes after both leaders attended the NATO summit in Madrid this week.
Johnson’s office said he and Ardern would discuss security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and the situation in Ukraine.
They are also expected to discuss combating online disinformation and deepening bilateral trade ties, and agree on new measures to strengthen the two countries’ ties in scientific research.
“The UK-New Zealand partnership makes both our countries safer and more prosperous,” Johnson said in a statement. “We work side by side to address new and evolving threats that threaten to undermine stability and sovereignty in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.”
The United Kingdom and New Zealand signed a free trade agreement in February, following a similar deal with Australia in late 2021.
Johnson said the deal would cut red tape, lower tariffs on exports and create opportunities for British companies to travel and trade. But British farmers have said removing tariffs on farm products would expose sectors like beef, lamb and dairy to unfair competition.
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