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EU diplomat hails ‘exceptional year’ for NZ relations

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The European Union’s top-ranking diplomat has talked up greater cooperation with New Zealand during a flying visit to the country, saying the EU is a reliable partner in an increasingly unstable environment.

The Tuesday visit of Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, comes as the EU and New Zealand forge closer ties in a world of growing uncertainty.

Launching consultation on the Government’s Trade for All agenda - a name ripped directly from the EU’s own trade policy - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said FTA talks with the EU would act as a “test case” for a more sustainable and inclusive trade deal.