We, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and New Zealand, gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 22 November 2015 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue Relations.

ASEAN and New Zealand share a strong legacy, and have achieved much over the past 40 years across a wide range of areas, including political, security, trade and economic, people-to-people and development cooperation. The past five years in particular have been marked by stronger and more regular political engagement, increased two-way trade under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), and the expansion of education, tourism, and migration links.

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