High Representative/Vice President #FedericaMogherini pays official visit to #Australia

| August 10, 2018

On 8 August, Federica Mogherini
(pictured) visited Australia for the first time in her capacity as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. While in Sydney, she met with Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia. They discussed bilateral issues, such as the recently launched negotiations on a comprehensive trade agreement and the progress made in implementing the EU-Australia Framework Agreement signed in 2017.

They looked at the positive impact the cooperation between the EU and Australia has, with a view to protecting and strengthening the international rules-based order, multilateralism and open global trade. Australia confirmed that it will deploy civilian expertise to EU-led crisis response and capacity building missions in third countries of common interest, under the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. They agreed to continue strengthening security co-ordination and collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, including through development co-operation. Minister Bishop emphasized that the EU’s presence and development programs in the region are significantly improving the quality of peoples’ lives through sustainable social and economic development. They also discussed ways to further enhance collaboration in combating terrorism, strengthen co-operation on cyber issues, as well as global challenges, such as climate change and migration.

The High Representative/Vice President and the Foreign Minister spoke to the press after their meeting and issued a joint press release. Federica Mogherini also met with Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove and delivered an opening speech at the Europe-Australia Business Council. For more information on EU-Australia relations, consult the factsheet or visit the website of the EU delegation to Australia.

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