Ardern asked to speak at NATO Leaders Summit

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been asked to speak at the upcoming NATO Leaders Summit.

She will become the first New Zealand leader to speak at this important meeting of world leaders.

NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, has invited the leaders of Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand to attend the military alliance’s meeting in Spain held 28-30 June.

Anthony Albanese, Fumio Kishida, and Yoon Suk-yeol have already accepted the invitation.

Ardern is expected to participate in a session focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

While ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta, have attended previous NATO meetings, this is the first time New Zealand has been invited to the Leaders Summit.

A main part of the summit will be talks around the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

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