I won't apologise - PM on diplomat case

The Prime Minister is insisting he won't be apologising to Tania Billingsley over the government's handling of the Malaysian diplomat accused of sexually assaulting her.

John Key speaks to media. Source: 1 NEWS

Tania Billingsley

John Key said today he's received "unsolicited" reassurance Muhammad Ismail will be returned to New Zealand in due course, but wasn't able to give a time frame on when that would be.

22-year-old Ms Billingsley called on Foreign Minister Murray McCully to resign this month over his handling of the case.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then issued a personal apology to her, but Mr Key said he wouldn't be following suit.

"I don't make apologies unless there's a serious reason to," says Mr Key. "At the time I relied on advice given to me by MFAT."