Today I will travel to Bangladesh to represent Australia at the 22nd meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers.
As the only ministerial-level forum in the Indian Ocean, IORA plays a pivotal role in helping the region work together to address shared challenges.
Australia is an active member of IORA, and I am proud to be launching the Australian-funded IORA Blue Carbon Finance Report while in Bangladesh.
I also look forward to having the opportunity to deepen our engagement with the other 22 member states of IORA and represent Australia’s interests, including a secure, prosperous and inclusive Indian Ocean region that supports independent, sovereign and resilient states.
In Dhaka, I will also meet regional counterparts, including the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, to discuss Australia’s constructive engagement across the Indian Ocean.
I look forward to strengthening Australia’s engagement with these important partners.