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NZ and UK to work on cyber security

Tuesday 15 Jan 2013 3:50p.m.

NZ and UK to work on cyber security

New Zealand and the United Kingdom are set to work more closely on cyber security, following talks between Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Mr Hague arrived in Auckland today for his second visit to New Zealand in two years.

He has been holding formal bilateral talks with Mr McCully and cyber security is among the foreign policy issues that have been addressed.

In a joint statement, Mr Hague and Mr McCully said New Zealand and the UK will work jointly to develop a vision for the future security of cyberspace and advance this through positive international engagement.

"It represents an economic opportunity to ensure we have safe spaces in cyberspace for our businesses to operate in," Mr Hague told media.

"But it's very important as well to the security of our countries and businesses."

Mr Hague and Mr McCully have agreed to enhanced co-operation between the two countries' foreign ministries, with annual strategic talks between senior officials.

The two countries will also co-locate their high commissions in the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, in a similar arrangement to what has occurred in Kabul.

In Auckland, Mr Hague will also meet with Labour leader David Shearer, New Zealand business people, young Pacific leaders, academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

Tomorrow he will head to Christchurch where he will tour the city's red zone and lay a wreath at the HMNZS Pegasus naval base in honour of New Zealand service personnel.


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