Deputy Secretary Campbell’s Meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Luxon – United States Department of State

The following statement is from spokesman Matthew Miller:

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a productive meeting in Washington, DC on July 9. The Deputy Secretary of State and Prime Minister discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral ties, from defense to cooperation in the Pacific region and expanding economic ties, and focused on the far-reaching nature of the U.S.-New Zealand relationship.

The Deputy Secretary and the Prime Minister of New Zealand met on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s first visit to Washington and participation in the NATO Summit. The meeting also took place under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s chairmanship of the NATO Indo-Pacific Partners Meeting this year, which demonstrated New Zealand’s leadership on the global stage.

The Deputy Secretary and New Zealand’s Prime Minister also reaffirmed our ongoing and deep coordination on a range of security issues, including countering Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine and maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Deputy Secretary thanked Prime Minister Luxon for his continued leadership in support of Ukraine and welcomed the Prime Minister’s efforts to enhance defense interoperability with New Zealand’s closest partners. The two discussed plans to work together with Pacific island groups to enhance economic and people-to-people connectivity and to combat illegal fishing, with the aim of making the Pacific region more prosperous and resilient.

The Deputy Secretary and the Prime Minister of New Zealand also talked about expanding our economic relationship, including by fostering cooperation in advanced technologies, space, Antarctica, and other future sectors and industries. As a trusted Indo-Pacific partner, New Zealand continues to punch above its weight.