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New Zealand leader John Key to meet with Obama

May 19, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will meet President Barack Obama in Washington next month to discuss trade and military issues.

The White House said in a statement Tuesday that the June 20 meeting will highlight the increasingly close relationship between the two countries.

The two leaders say they plan to discuss military cooperation, climate change, and a potential trade deal that also involves Japan and nine other Pacific nations.

The visit comes three months before general elections in New Zealand. Key and his center-right government are seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Key will also use his time in Washington to lobby in support of New Zealand’s bid to win a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Key and Obama played golf together January in Hawaii.

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