The following is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke today with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters. Secretary Blinken congratulated Deputy Prime Minister Peters on assuming his new role and reiterated the United States’ commitment to strengthening the U.S.-New Zealand partnership. The two leaders discussed how our nations will bolster security in the Indo-Pacific region. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to facilitating an Indo-Pacific that is free and open, inclusive, and resilient. The Secretary also thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for New Zealand’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as it defends itself against Russia’s war of aggression.