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McCully, Hague discuss diplomatic co-operation

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Latest Political News | Tuesday January 15 2013 17:00

McCully, Hague discuss diplomatic co-operation

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully have come together with a stance on cyber security.

Mr Hague is in the country for two days and the pair met this afternoon.

They issued a lengthy statement listing their priorities when it comes to cyber security, including ensuring better worldwide policy coordination and international engagement when it comes to the challenges of protecting cyber space.

Mr Hague says the statement will work to establish clear ground rules around cyber space.

He says New Zealand and the UK have a long history of cooperation on defence and security policy based on our shared values and cyber space is one of the greatest nation, global and strategic challenges of our time.

Mr Hague says the internet is about freedom and it should be available for free and proper use by all.

The situation in Iran, Syria, the Middle East Peace Process and developments in Afghanistan were also covered.

Mr Hague says they agreed diplomatic processes in regard to the Iran nuclear programme aren't over yet.

He says he hopes Iran will come to the next round of talks ready to negotiate seriously - but in the mean time strong and effective sanctions on Iran are important.

Mr Hague also went on to thank New Zealand for its commitment to international forces in Afghanistan.

And New Zealand and Britain are to share an embassy in Honiara in the Soloman Islands.

Hague and McCully have announced they're working together closely on plans to share facilities across the world.

New Zealand and the UK already share space in the embassy in Kabul and believe it's the easiest and most cost effective way to put an ambassador into more difficult countries.

Murray McCully says the Honiara project will see New Zealand return the favour.

He says we can take the lead on the construction of facilities but offer hosting arrangements for the United Kingdom.

Murray McCully says they also spoke about other areas where the two countries can work together for reasons of efficiency and effectiveness.

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