NEW Zealand and the Philippines have reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to further elevating overall ties and cooperation.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. received New Zealand Ambassador Peter Francis Tavita Kell at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) where key issues were discussed including cooperation in defense, trade, development, and people-to-people relations, as well as regional and multilateral developments involving peace and stability.
Both sides also shared experiences in combatting COVID-19, comparing notes on areas of successes, and remaining challenges.
Kell conveyed New Zealand’s support for the Philippine government’s measures to contain the health emergency.
The Secretary convey appreciation for New Zealand’s COVID-19 assistance of NZD 2 million (P64,259,000) prioritizing vulnerable communities in Mindanao, channeled through the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Kell, meanwhile, expressed gratitude for the assistance of the DFA and other Philippine agencies in the repatriation of over 500 New Zealand nationals since the imposition of the community quarantine in the country.