New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she plans to meet with US President Donald Trump in New York of United States next week, in what would be the first formal bilateral discussions between the two leaders.The 39-year-old New Zealand prime minister is often contrasted with Mr Trump for her views on issues including women's rights, climate change and diversity.
Ms Ardern joined a march championing women's rights after Mr Trump's inauguration in 2017, before she was elected prime minister. She has publicly rejected Mr Trump's view on the threat of white nationalism and recently said she "completely and utterly disagreed" with his comments telling four minority women lawmakers to go back to where they came from, reports Reuters.
Asked by reporters in Wellington about her personal relationship with Mr Trump, Ms Ardern said it was "absolutely fine".
"My job is to represent New Zealand and our interest. Having good relationships is important," she said.
New Zealand was a strong advocate for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Mr Trump withdrew the United States from in 2017. A modified trade pact without the US was formed last year.
Mr Trump and Ms Ardern have met informally before and have spoken over the phone but the meeting scheduled for sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York would be the first formal sit-down bilateral.