New Zealand leader John Key to meet with Obama
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.