Bill English has completed his first overseas tour as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
During this 9 day trip he traveled to Brussels, London and Berlin to meet with leaders to discuss issues including trade and security.
“This is an opportunity to exchange views on a range of issues facing Europe and the world, and to reaffirm that New Zealand remains a committed friend and partner,” Mr English says.
“The focus of my trip will be to advance New Zealand business and trade opportunities in the region, including starting the negotiations on an FTA with the European Union this year.”
In Brussels, Mr English me with the three Presidents of the EU – European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. He will also meet with Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel.
In London, Mr English meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Trade Minister Todd McClay in Brussels and Foreign Minister Murray McCully in London and Berlin.
Dr Mary English, Bill’s wife, will also travel with the Prime Minister.