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NZ Foreign Minister to Assess Arakan Needs

2 July 2013

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will travel to Burma on Wednesday for bilateral meetings with Burmese government officials and to assess aid requirements in Arakan State, reports Yahoo! News. “This visit is an opportunity to see the humanitarian conditions first-hand and discuss how we can provide meaningful support,” said McCully, noting that New Zealand has already provided $1 million in aid to assist those displaced by last year’s communal violence in the state. McCully is expected to meet Burmese President Thein Sein, Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.