Vienna, 5 November 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: “Importance of Vienna as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe”

New Zealand announces the opening of an embassy in Vienna

Vienna, 5 November 2010 – “I am delighted about New Zealand’s intention to open an embassy in Vienna in January 2011. Our bilateral relations are excellent and – despite the large geographical distance - we share many of the same perspectives on such issues as sustainable environmental policy, the protection of human rights and a determination to find solutions to global problems within the framework of the United Nations,” affirmed Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, expressing his delight at the official announcement made by Christopher Finlayson, New Zealand’s Minister of Art and Culture, on the occasion of his visit to Vienna.

New Zealand is already permanently represented with international organisations based in Vienna. Minister Spindelegger views the forthcoming opening as a sign of mutual esteem which confirms Vienna’s important role as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. “The opening of the embassy will not only help to further develop our economic relations, but also our ties in such fields as culture and academia. The fact that Minister Finlayson is seizing the opportunity of his visit in Vienna to open the European headquarters of Tait, one of New Zealand’s largest radio communications companies, demonstrates that there is ample potential for future co-operation,” concluded the Foreign Minister.

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