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Bilateral military relations are continuing to develop, for the greater benefit of Oceania as a whole. The fifth round of political and military consultations was held in May 2011 in Wellington. Regular visits by senior figures on both sides help to maintain high-level contacts between French forces in the Pacific and New Zealand’s armed forces.
Operational cooperation between our respective armed forces is a regular occurrence, particularly as a result of implementation of the FRANZ (France, Australia, New Zealand) agreement on disaster relief operations in the region, such as in Vanuatu in the wake of the cyclone of February 2011.
The brotherhood of arms forged during the First World War remains strong and very much alive. An agreement on "shared remembrance" was signed during the visit to France by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in June 2004. The visit to New Zealand by the French Secretary of State for Veterans in February 2005 and the return visit to France by his opposite number in October 2006 and February 2008 bear witness to the importance of this aspect of bilateral relations. Our two countries are currently preparing to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Updated on 11.07.13