Over the next fortnight, I will visit London, Geneva and Washington to meet with a wide range of our close allies and partners to further Australia’s interests in the COVID-19 period and beyond.
From 4 to 5 May, I will visit the United Kingdom to attend the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in London, bringing together the G7 nations of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and United States, as well as additional invitees Australia, India, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of ASEAN. This is a major strategic discussion ahead of the G7 Leaders’ meeting in June.
We will discuss critical issues on advancing open societies and promoting global democratic values. Our talks will also address how to ensure equitable vaccine access availability and the promotion of prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific.
In addition to the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting, I will meet with other invited foreign ministers bilaterally.
I will meet with senior Ministers in the Johnson Government to discuss the deepening of our partnership with the United Kingdom following Brexit and the release of the United Kingdom’s Integrated Review, which covers security, defence, development and foreign policy.
While in London, I will also meet the foreign ministers of France and India to discuss strengthening the trilateral partnership between our three countries.
I will then travel to Geneva to take part in discussions with multilateral organisations on the global response to COVID-19 and key humanitarian and human rights issues.
Following those visits, I will travel to Washington for the Australian Government’s first ministerial, in-person consultations with the Biden Administration.
The ANZUS alliance, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, has never been more central to Australia’s interests. My discussions will focus on the work of Australia and the United States individually and together to support the resilience of the Indo-Pacific region, as we address the COVID-19 induced health and economic crises, and intensifying strategic competition.
This comprehensive program of multilateral and bilateral strategic discussions complements extensive online meetings that Morrison Government ministers have held to promote Australia’s interests across the world over the past year.