- 27 Sep 2019
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The Prime Minister of India met Prime Minister of New Zealand on the sidelines of UNGA meetings in New York.
- The issues of International Terrorism were also discussed and convergence of views between the two countries on this issue was appreciated.
- India and New Zealand have cordial and friendly relations rooted in the linkages of Commonwealth, Parliamentary Democracy and the English language.
- Bilateral relations between India and New Zealand were established in 1952.
- NZ has identified India as a priority country in its “Opening Doors to India” policy notified in 2011 which was reiterated by New Zealand in 2015.
- India shares Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with New Zealand which ensures the smooth economic relationship between two countries.
- Both countries are part of the upcoming Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
- Also, both countries hold Annual Economic Dialogue since 2009.
- In 2014 ONGC Videsh Limited was awarded oil and gas exploration permits by the New Zealand Government for undertaking offshore hydrocarbon exploration along the Taranaki coast in New Zealand‟s North Island region.
- Indian diaspora and students in New Zealand are an important bridge between the two nations.