World Cup Beckons: New Zealand Seek Improved Ties With India Through Cricket

New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully told his Indian counterpart - Sushma Swaraj - that love for cricket is a uniting factor for people in both countries.

updated: August 11, 2014 09:55 IST
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India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attends the launching ceremony of the logo of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises.


Nay Pyi Taw: New Zealand on Monday, sought to promote business and people-to-people ties with India by using the platform of the Cricket World Cup to be hosted by it along with Australia next year.

In a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum talks here, her New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully conveyed to her that his country wanted to seize the opportunity of enhancing ties with India by using linkages of cricket.

"The New Zealand Foreign Minister's suggestion was that given the bridges cricket can build between the two countries, it will be useful to have series of visits linked with that event (2015 World Cup) both by business leaders and political leaders," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

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