Nor will New Zealand send diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics

Nor will New Zealand send diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics

A worker walks near the sign indicating the days remaining until the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rollins)

New Zealand announced, on Tuesday, that it will not send diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to health security reasons. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have already made it clear that we will not be there at the ministerial level.”The New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister told the media, Grant Robertson, when asked about Wellington’s position after The United States will announce that it will not send diplomatic representatives to the Olympic event.

Washington justifies the boycott as Protesting human rights abuses in the Asian giant.

“There are a variety of factors, but they basically have to deal with COVID-19 and the fact that travel logistics and others around the epidemic are not conducive to this type of travelRobertson noted.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson.  EFE / Elvis Gonzalez / Archive
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson. EFE / Elvis Gonzalez / Archive

The deputy prime minister said his government has shown Beijing its role Concern about allegations of human rights violations China committed it, but dConnecting Wellington’s decision to the decision previously announced by Washington.

New Zealand and American athletes will participate in the sporting event.

In addition to these two countries, Australia and the United Kingdom have also previously indicated that they are considering not sending diplomatic representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 4-20, 2022.

(With information from EFE)

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