New Zealand to address conflicts in Middle East talks

WELLINGTON, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand will use the country's UN Security Council status to address conflicts during talks in the Middle East next week, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said.

McCully said Thursday he would meet with leaders and counterparts in Jordan, Israeland the occupied Palestinian territories and attend the Sir Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi.

"New Zealand continues to serve as a member of the United NationsSecurity Council until the end of the year and we remain focused on doing what we can to help address the current conflicts in the Middle East," McCully said in a statement.

Hosted annually by the United Arab Emirates, the Sir Bani Yas Forum is a high-level retreat and a leading venue for discussing peace and security issues in the Middle East.

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