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FRENCH GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCED Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. "I am confident that the strengthening of the already close relations between France and New Zealand will contribute to that general growth of international security and that spirit of mutual confidence which it is New Zealand's policy, as a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, to promote." This statement was made by the Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Fraser, in announcing the decision of the Provisional Government of France to establish a legation in New Zealand and the appointment of M. Felix Alexis Armand Gazel as first Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of France in New Zealand.

"The New Zealand Government welcomes the action of the French Government in opening up diplomatic relations with New Zealand, in view of the community of interests which bring the two countries together in the Pacific and in token of the brotherhood in arms which has united French and New Zealand troops on the field of battle in Libya and in Tunisia," said Mr. Fraser.

Mr. Fraser added that for practical reasons the New Zealand Government was not at present able to accept the invitation of the French Provisional Government to establish a New Zealand legation in Paris. Arrangements will in the meantime be continued for His Majesty's Embassy in Paris to act for New Zealand in France for the transmission of communications from the Government of New Zealand.

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LEGATION IN N.Z., Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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LEGATION IN N.Z. Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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