Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

New Zealand backs “Five Eyes” alliance, but wants human rights raised in broader group

World4 hours ago (Apr 20, 2021 04:25AM ET)

(C) Reuters. New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in Wellington

By Kirsty Needham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand expressed support for its Five Eyes alliance with Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States, calling it a “vital security and intelligence partnership”, a day after saying it didn’t support broadening the group’s role.

Following a speech on China on Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand was “uncomfortable” with expanding the remit of the Five Eyes, raising speculation that Wellington didn’t back recent Five Eyes statements critical of Beijing.

China, New Zealand’s largest trading partner, has accused the Five Eyes of ganging up on China by issuing statements on Hong Kong and the treatment of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.

In a statement to Reuters on Tuesday, Mahuta said the Five Eyes remained vital for New Zealand for intelligence, police, border security, defence and cyber cooperation.

“New Zealand is a real beneficiary of the arrangement and will continue to actively engage with the Five Eyes alliance as we always have,” she said.

“There will be some areas on which it’s useful to coordinate through the Five Eyes platform; but there will be other areas – human rights for example – where we want to look to building a broader coalition of countries to take positions.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Tuesday that New Zealand was “absolutely reaffirming our commitment to that Five Eyes partnership”.

Ardern added that sometimes the Five Eyes will make collective statements, and in other cases New Zealand would make statements with Australia, or on its own.

“Not every issue we speak as New Zealand is a security and intelligence issue,” she said.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister Marise Payne will travel to New Zealand on Wednesday for meetings with Mahuta and Ardern, the first diplomatic visit between the neighbouring countries since borders reopened both ways.

New Zealand backs “Five Eyes” alliance, but wants human rights raised in broader group

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Uncategorized

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt.

Uncategorized

Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione.

Uncategorized

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum.

Uncategorized

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora.

Disclaimer: Buzzclever.com it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial or health advice. Copyright © 2021 Buzz Clever. All Rights Reserved