New Zealand's DPM also foreign minister Winston Peters has led a ministerial delegation to Tuvalu on March 3rd, 2019, where he met Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.
During the visit, PM Sopoaga and Minister Peters signed the "Tuvalu-New Zealands Statement of Partnership", which prioritizes working together on climate change, workforce development and regional security.
Minister Peters said the agreement sets out the fundamental principles for the relationship to develop between 2019-2023.
PM Sopoaga said with its various challenges, Tuvalu's voice needs to be heard more clearly internationally and within the region. The new agreement will assist in this regard. He also believed the new agreement is as pathway for two nations to move forward and hopefully can regularize meetings between Tuvalu and Wellington.
PM Sopoaga further said that there're many areas that the two countries can work together on. "Issues of climate change; visa, immigration issues of Tuvaluans coming to New Zealand; vocational training and hands-on training and the building of local capacity of Tuvalu."
The New Zealand delegation, which includes Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Pacific People Minister Aupito William Sio.
Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta
紐西蘭副總理暨外長皮特斯（Winston Peters）於3月3日率團訪問吐瓦魯，期間與吐國總理索本嘉（Enele Sopoaga）簽署《夥伴聲明協議》，未來雙方將優先就氣候變遷、勞動力發展及區域安全三大領域進行合作。
另紐國社會發展部長Carmel Sepuloni及太平洋民族部長Aupito William Sio亦隨團訪問。