A Downing Street spokesperson said:
“The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand today and extended her warm congratulations on the election result.
“They agreed to work together to build on the close and historic partnership between our two countries, including on trade as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
“They also agreed on the importance of our cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, as well as our intelligence-sharing partnership under the Five Eyes alliance. They committed to continuing this collaboration in the face of global challenges, such as the growing threat from North Korea.
“They ended by saying they hoped to meet at the earliest opportunity.”
Jacinda Ardern, who only became NZ Labour leader less than three months ago, is the new Prime Minister-elect, after Winston Peters announced that his New Zealand First party would enter into a coalition agreement.
New Zealand is therefore getting its youngest-ever female Prime Minister in more than 150 years. She at 37, will become New Zealand’s third female leader. Speaking after the announcement she said it was an “absolute honor and a privilege … to form a government for all New Zealanders.” She added, “enjoyed the theatre” of the country’s change of government and “privileged and humbled” to become New Zealand’s prime minister.
Posted On 20 Oct 2017