The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Marise Payne, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women.
During their call, the Ministers highlighted the strong and multi-faceted relationship of the two countries based on shared values. They underscored their extensive and ongoing bilateral and multilateral collaboration in defence and security, trade, development, human rights and regional issues. The ministers also exchanged views on key global and regional security challenges including Myanmar, Ukraine and Ethiopia.
Minister Joly extended Canada’s thanks for Australia’s endorsement and support for the Arbitrary Detention Initiative, including the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations. The Ministers pledged to continue to work together and in close collaboration with endorsing state members to put an end to arbitrary detention.
The ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the deep partnerships between Canada and Australia and agreed to maintain dialogue between the two countries.
Finally, Minister Joly reiterated that Australia is a key partner for Canada in the Indo-Pacific region. Both ministers acknowledged the need for greater engagement in that area to maintain an Indo-Pacific region that is inclusive and based on the rule of law, democratic values, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.