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U.S., New Zealand vow to boost ties at strategic dialogue

03-20-2012 10:43 BJT

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The United States and New Zealand on Monday held strategic dialogue in Washington, agreeing to deepen their strategic partnership, said a State Department statement.

It said the two countries discussed "opportunities and challenges" in the Asia-Pacific region, reiterating their commitment to deepening the strategic partnership.

According to the State Department, the Monday dialogue brought together senior officials from both countries, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy, New Zealand Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade David Walker, and New Zealand Secretary of Defense John McKinnon.

Other participants of the dialogue included representatives from the defense, diplomatic and national security apparatus of both countries, said the department.

In November 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully signed the Wellington Declaration which began a new strategic partnership between the two countries.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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