Ministerial Overseas Travel 21-01-2019 to 01-02-2019 – Release of Cabinet Documents
This publication provides the report to Cabinet from Hon Ron Mark on his overseas travel, from 21 January to 1 February 2019, to the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel and South Sudan, to visit a number of New Zealand Defence Force deployments and to undertake bilateral meetings.
The publication comprises the following Cabinet papers:
Travel Report: Hon Ron Mark; Middle East and Africa 21 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 [CAB-19-SUB-0083] and the associated Cabinet minute of 25 March 2019 [CAB-19-MIN-0083]
Proposed Overseas Travel: Hon Ron Mark: Egypt, Israel and South Sudan – 21 January to 1 February 2019 [CAB-18-SUB-0602], and the associated Cabinet minute of 3 December 2018 [CAB-18-MIN-0602].
Press releases from the Minister of Defence regarding travel are available from the Beehive website: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/portfolio/labour-led-government-2017-2020/defence(external link) (external website).
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