The PM has announced:
The White House has announced President Obama will meet the Prime Minister in Washington DC on Friday, 20 June.
“The invitation underlines the very close relationship between the United States and New Zealand,” Mr Key says.
“I look forward to meeting with President Obama. We are likely to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, to take stock of our bilateral relationship, and to exchange views on current regional and international issues,” he says.
The Prime Minister is travelling to the United States from June 16 to 20.
While in Washington DC, the Prime Minister will also meet with a range of senior administration figures, Congressional representatives and business leaders.
The Prime Minister will also undertake a full programme in New York in support of New Zealand’s bid to win a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2015-16.
This is no surprise, yet still welcome.
A diplomat commented to me a couple of months ago how extraordinary it is that the New Zealand Prime Minister is the national leader that has probably spent the most time in the last 12 months with both the President of the United States, but also the President of China.