New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called on Australia’s federal government to stop raids on border communities in the Northern Territory, calling for more cooperation with the United States.
“We need to have a good relationship with the Australian Government.
They’re not our neighbours, we have no military bases, they have no sovereignty,” she said on Friday.
“But they’re our neighbours and we should be working together.”
The United States is Australia’s closest ally, but in recent years, Australia has been under increasing pressure to crack down on border violence and illegal migration.
“Australia’s borders are open to everyone and we need to do more to keep our border secure, not fewer,” Arderns said in a statement.
“The United States and New Zealand have been in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.”
New Zealand and Australia should not have to worry about how to deal with a foreign government that is interfering in their internal affairs.” AAP/ABC