New Zealand, Finland reaffirm commitment to supporting Ukraine
New Zealand and Finland have reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Ukraine until the conflict ends on terms set by Kyiv.
“We discussed our strong commitment to supporting Ukraine as the war continues,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a joint media briefing with her Finnish counterpart, Sanna Marin, after their meeting in Auckland.
Both countries also reiterated their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Ardern and Marin also noted that the rules-based international order that both countries rely on for their prosperity and security is under pressure due to the war in Ukraine and it is more important than ever to uphold them.
Both leaders welcomed the U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that established a fact-finding mission to Iran to independently investigate the alleged human rights violations there, including those of women and girls.
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“I also worry about the situation in Iran right now … the brave women that are protesting against the laws and the security situation of women in Iran, we need to address these kind of issues together,” Marin said.
Ardern welcomed Finland’s commitment to ensure the free trade agreement with the European Union gets ratified and signed as soon as possible, after finalising it earlier this year.
The trade deal is expected to increase New Zealand’s exports to the EU by up to NZ$1.8 billion ($1.12 billion) per year.
The prime ministers also discussed a range of geopolitical issues, including the global economic downturn, labour shortages and the cost of living pressures across the world.