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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
Musharraf on New Zealand visit
Pervez Musharraf in New Zealand
The president was accorded a traditional Maori greeting
Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, has begun a visit to New Zealand that is expected to focus on trade and security issues.

Gen Musharraf was greeted by a group of indigenous Maori when he arrived in the northern city of Auckland.

They performed a traditional haka challenge ceremony.

Gen Musharraf, who arrived from Australia, will hold talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. He will go on to Malaysia on Sunday.

The president was welcomed at the start of his visit by a group of Maori people.

This required Gen Musharraf to pick up a small carved stick - a sign that he came in peace.

Low trade

The president's bodyguards were asked to turn over their weapons when the group arrived at Auckland airport amid tight security, reports said.

Gen Musharraf has survived two assassination attempts in Pakistan.

He will hold talks with Ms Clark on countering terrorism, nuclear arms and building a stable relationship with India, reports said.

Both Pakistan and New Zealand are said to be keen on expanding trade ties - current trade between the two countries is less than $71mn a year.

Gen Musharraf arrived in New Zealand from a three day visit to Australia - the first by a Pakistani head of state to the country.

The two countries signed a deal to boost their efforts in the fight against terrorism.


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