Aug 15, 2017, 11:42 AM
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New Zealand appoints envoy to Iran

Tehran, Aug 15, IRNA – New Zealand has appointed Hamish MacMaster as its new ambassador to Iran as the country says seek to expand ties with the Islamic Republic following the nuclear deal between Tehran and the Major world powers.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, announcing the news, said that his country 'has a long-standing trade and economic relationship with Iran, established with the opening of our Embassy in Tehran in 1975', according to the news website Scoop.

“Since the easing of United Nations sanctions in 2016 there has been increased interest in the Iranian market by New Zealand exporters,' he added.

New Zealand exports to Iran last year stood at 151 million dollars, according to him.

“There is real scope for the further diversification of our trade relationship with Iran and New Zealand’s new Ambassador will play a key role in supporting this,” Brownlee said.

MacMaster is currently the New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has previously been posted to Turkey and Iran. He will also be accredited to Pakistan and Afghanistan.