New Zealand's newly appointed High Commissioner to India David Pine met with the Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Shringla in New Delhi on Thursday, August 13. 

The NZ High Commissioner was also joined by his deputy Erin Duncan and the Joint Secretary in the Indian government Vishwas Sakpal in the meeting with Mr Shringla. 

The top foreign officials took a stock of the an already growing bilateral relationship between the two countries, with special emphasis on how to take this relationship forward and the deepen the cooperation amidst a raging global pandemic. 

This was the first official meeting of the newly appointed High Commissioner of New Zealand with the Foreign Secretary of India after having recently joined the mission in early June this year. 

The Indian Weekender had earlier reported that the new High Commissioner had travelled to India in early June on one of the earliest Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flights without much fanfare and any pre-visit official engagement with key stakeholders of this important relationship between the two countries. 

Among many other things the two countries have closely coordinated in recent past and continues to coordinate in managing a safe repatiation of citizens and other travellers needing an urgent travel under compelling reasons from and to their respective countries amidst the broader global travel restrictions.