Audrey has forgotten what she wrote just a month ago

Audrey Young has gotten her knickers in a bunch over supposedly disrespecting visiting leaders who won’t have a stand-up with Princess Cindy:

It was a shame that Barack Obama refused to allow any meaningful media opportunities on his trip to New Zealand but he had an excuse given that it was a private trip.

Indonesia President Joko Widodo had no such excuse. It was shameful that on a state visit he failed to present himself in some manner to the public of New Zealand.

When preparing for the visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade raised the issue of holding a joint press conference alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but the Indonesians declined.

Ardern will be too diplomatic to describe it as an insult, but it is one.  

When New Zealand leaders visit other countries, they are expected to behave according to the protocols and values of that country. The same should apply for visitors to New Zealand.

Two leaders fronting together and talking about the relationship is an implicit display of respect for the other leader and country.

The opposite applies. To decline to do so is implicitly disrespectful to Ardern and New Zealand.

The Government needs to send a swift message to Mfat that such events for future VIP visits must be raised not by invitation but in the context of an expectation.

It need not be expressed in terms of compulsion but an obligation except for exceptional circumstances.

If Ardern does not make this clear now, Mfat will continue to present it as a take-it-or-leave-it option for the visiting country to dictate.

The Widodo visit followed a high-level visit the previous week from Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, again during which no press conference was organised.
These two examples should not set a pattern for the rest of her premiership.

Clearly showing she has been drinking the Princess Jacinda Koolaid. Does she know that Barack Obama is now a private citizen and not a world leader? She is also forgetting that it was New Zealand that insulted other nations first, and she even wrote about it at the time:

The Government has decided to stop sending ministers to embassies in Wellington to make speeches at embassies celebrating their national days.

It is going to send officials instead from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) who will give no substantial speech but will offer a toast to the head of state of the host country.

National MP Todd McClay, a former Trade Minister, says the decision will cause offence.

But Foreign Minister Winston Peters said the decision was made in order to avoid offence because ministers couldn’t always get to them.

“The moment you can’t do that, you start getting accused of favouritism.”

The issue was raised with Mfat chief executive Brook Barrington today when he appeared at the foreign affairs select committee.

Mfat had advised the change because when it was often very difficult to get a minister to attend and “it was seen as a slight or an insult”.

“We raised an expectation amongst the [diplomatic] corps that there would always be a minister present and when we could not get a minister, it was seen as a slight, as an insult.

“I would rather have it the other way round.”

He said a similar protocol operated in most other countries and embassies would still be able to invite individual ministers.

New Zealand also offered unusually good access to diplomats.

McClay said it was a big signal to countries that invested in the relationship with New Zealand by setting up an embassy that the new Government would change the way they treated them.

“There won’t be a single capital around the world that has an embassy or high commission here that doesn’t view this as a slight.”

It is always hilarious when stale old reporters can’t remember what they write from one week to the next, but also revealing just how shallow their thinking is.

It was New Zealand that insulted other countries first… so it is no surprise that their leaders aren’t too fussed about meeting with someone who is unlikely to even be in the job in a few months.


-NZ Herald

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