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New Zealand Prime Minister welcomed to Number 10

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to Downing Street.

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In their first face-to-face meeting since the earthquake in Christchurch earlier this year, Mr Cameron took the opportunity to again express condolences and sympathy to the people affected in New Zealand.

I just want to say again how the condolences and sympathy of everyone in Britain is with the people of New Zealand. And not only though feeling those condolences, but also huge admiration for the grit and determination that people have shown in putting that great city back together and putting people’s lives back together.

Speaking ahead of their meeting, Prime Minister Key thanked the support shown to Christchurch by Britain and praised the “outstanding” Search and Rescue team which travelled to New Zealand to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Mr Cameron said there were a number of other topics to be discussed during their meeting, including the situation in Libya and Afghanistan.

Both the PM and John Key will be attending the Royal Wedding this Friday.

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Published 26 April 2011