S Jaishankar, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Discuss Bilateral Ties

S Jaishankar also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal greetings to PM Ardern.

S Jaishankar, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Discuss Bilateral Ties

It is Mr Jaishankar's first visit to New Zealand as the External Affairs Minister.

Auckland:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday called on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during which the two leaders agreed on encouraging greater business collaboration and people-to-people exchanges.

Mr Jaishankar also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal greetings to PM Ardern.

It is Mr Jaishankar's first visit to New Zealand as the External Affairs Minister.

"Pleasure to call on Prime Minister @jacindaardern of New Zealand. Conveyed the personal greetings of PM @narendramodi. Discussed deepening our bilateral cooperation through focused engagement in areas of strength," Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

"Agreed on encouraging greater business collaboration and people-to-people exchanges," he said.

Mr Jaishankar will also join Prime Minister Ardern on Thursday to felicitate members of the Indian community for their exceptional achievements and contributions.

"Both leaders will release India@75 postage stamps to commemorate and showcase Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in New Zealand," an External Affairs Ministry statement said on Monday.

New Zealand has approximately 2,50,000 persons of Indian origin and NRIs, a vast majority of which have made the country their permanent home.

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