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New Zealand's first Ambassador to Afghanistan resident in Kabul, Neville Reilly, presented his letters of credence at a ceremony on 4 July 2010. The ceremony, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, officially confirmed Ambassador Reilly in the role of New Zealand's senior representative in Afghanistan. The diplomatic accreditation was until then maintained from New Zealand's Embassy in Tehran. more
The Middle East region is an area where major international political and economic challenges are being played out. These tensions are shaping the global environment in which New Zealand operates more
The New Zealand Government maintains a balanced, constructive, and even-handed approach to the Arab – Israeli conflict. New Zealand favours a just, comprehensive and lasting two-state solution to the question of Palestine: the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, alongside a secure State of Israel more
New Zealand has significant economic and trading interests in the region and access to energy supplies and petrochemicals at affordable prices remains an essential concern. These interests give New Zealanders a direct stake in the stability of the region more
Gallipoli was a seminal event in the history of our nation, and many suggest that New Zealand's distinct sense of nationhood was born out of the scars of this 1915 campaign. The annual ANZAC Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey constitute one of the largest annual off-shore gatherings of New Zealanders and Australians and attendance has grown dramatically in recent years. A number of New Zealand agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Veteran's Affairs New Zealand, are involved each year in working with Australian and Turkish Authorities on the organisation of commemoration services on the Gallipoli peninsula. more
New Zealand has representation (embassies, consulates and other offices) in the following countries and territories [external links]:
The Safe Travel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to the Middle East [external link].