The sexual question that bothered the prime ministers of Finland and New Zealand

Sydney. – that Finnish Prime MinisterAnd the Sana Marinso is it New Zealand counterpartAnd the Jacinda ArdernThey are two of the youngest heads of government out of a small percentage of world leaders who are women. During a joint press conference in New Zealand, they were surprised by an unwelcome question from a reporter regarding their age and gender.

A lot of people are going to wonder if the two of you only meet because you’re a similar age and, you know, have a lot in common, like when you got into politics and stuff…or if he was a kiwi [neozelandeses] They can expect more agreements between the two countriesThis is what the journalist for New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB asked to the bosses in Auckland.

The 42-year-old Ardern, who frowned and then smiled at the unexpected query, quickly deflected the questioner.

I wonder if anyone asked Barack Obama and John K if they met because they were the same age?referring to the former rulers of the United States and New Zealand.

Obama and Key were born in 1961 within days of each other.

Of course, we have a higher proportion of men in politics, this is the reality. The fact that two women meet not only because of their genderArden added.

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin is greeted by Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern during a welcome party in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 30, 2022.Diego Opatowski – AFP

Then he enumerated the trade relations between the two countries and added: “Our meeting today is an opportunity…[de] Really take advantage of the economic opportunities between our two countries since then It is our job to take care of them, regardless of our gender.”

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Marin, 37, who is in New Zealand with a Finnish trade delegation, was specific in her response, stating that the purpose of her visit to the country was for political purposes: “We meet because we are prime ministers,” she said, laughing.

The Finnish Prime Minister’s visit to the Southern Hemisphere ends in Australia later this week. It is the first time that a Finnish minister has traveled to New Zealand.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, holds a joint press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland Museum in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, holds a joint press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland Museum in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, November 30, 2022.Michael Craig – New Zealand Herald

During their bilateral meeting, Marin and Ardern discussed issues such as the global economic slowdown, the cost of living, reinforced their commitment to Ukraine in the Russian invasion, and raised concerns about the protests in Iran.

I am also concerned about the situation in Iran now… “Courageous women who are protesting against the laws and the security situation for women in Iran, we have to tackle these kinds of issues together,” Marin said.

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