Embassy of Australia
United States of America


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 Foreign Minister - Washington DC visit 

I will represent Australia at the first joint Counter-ISIL Coalition Foreign and Defence Ministers' meetings in Washington on 21 July. I will be joined by my colleague, the Minister for Defence Marise Payne. This meeting comes at a critical juncture as the Counter-ISIL Coalition intensifies the effort to defeat ISIL at its source. In addition to the Coalition meeting, I will also meet with my Foreign Minister counterparts including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari and Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. I will also meet with US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition, Brett McGurk. Discussions will focus on accelerating the effort to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as the need to tackle ISIL's global networks.

Minister for Defence – Counter-Daesh Defence Ministers’ meeting

This week, I will represent Australia at the Counter-Daesh Defence Ministers’ meeting in Washington on 20 July.  The discussion will focus on accelerating efforts to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria and to stop the expansion of Daesh’s global networks.  This is an important opportunity to review the progress that has been made in the military campaign against Daesh and to plan for the next phase of the campaign.  Australia was one of the first to make a substantial military contribution to the US-led coalition, and we remain one of the largest overall contributors to the military campaign.

Terror attack in Nice

The Australian Government condemns the Bastille Day attack in Nice which has left many people dead and injured. Once again we stand resolutely with the people of France. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families.  France is a valuable counter-terrorism partner for Australia. We cooperate closely in the fight against ISIL/Daesh and in addressing the problems of violent extremism and foreign fighters.



  Growing Australia-US Relationship

This week The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, is participating in the 24th Australian American Leadership Dialogue and meeting United States political leaders to strengthen our trade and investment relationship. He will meet with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss our trade and investment relationship, in particular the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is the largest regional trade deal negotiated in more than 20 years. It is an historic agreement that will further integrate Australia into the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

Australia supports peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea

Today the Arbitral Tribunal released its final decision on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case. The Australian Government calls on the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling, which is final and binding on both parties.  The Tribunal in the Philippines’ arbitration case was established in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Tribunal’s decision was not about sovereignty, but about maritime rights under UNCLOS.

Security situation in South Sudan

The Australian Government is deeply troubled by the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan and calls for calm to prevent any escalation. It is concerning that fighting has broken out so soon after the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in April this year. I welcome calls by President Kiir and Vice-President Machar for an immediate ceasefire and urge them to do all they can to bring their forces under control. All sides should respect and implement the August 2015 Peace Agreement. 

Future Submarine Program

The Turnbull Government today announces that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, securing thousands of jobs and ensuring the project will play a key part in the transition of our economy.  DCNS of France has been selected as our preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines, subject to further discussions on commercial matters. 



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