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    New Zealand seek improved ties with India through cricket

    New Zealand on Monday sought to promote business and people-to-people ties with India by using the platform of the Cricket World Cup to be hosted by it along with Australia in 2015.

    In a meeting with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum talks in Myanmar, her New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully conveyed to her that his country wanted to seize the opportunity of enhancing ties with India by using linkages of cricket.

    "The New Zealand Foreign Minister's suggestion was that given the bridges cricket can build between the two countries, it will be useful to have series of visits linked with that event (2015 World Cup) both by business leaders and political leaders," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

    He said McCully felt that cricket has a resonance among common people in India and this could be the best way to "tap that resonance".

    Both the leaders also discussed various issues relating to bilateral ties.