Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence - Joint media release - Australia-Indonesia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial meeting

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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  • Henry Budd (Minister Payne’s office) 0429 531 143
  • Defence Media (02) 6127 1999

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17 December 2015

Australia will host the third Australia-Indonesia Foreign and Defence Ministers 2+2 Dialogue in Sydney on Monday 21 December.

We look forward to welcoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ibu Retno Marsudi, and the Minister for Defence, General (retired) Ryamizard Ryacudu, for broad-ranging discussions on strengthening our bilateral relationship.

Australia enjoys a constructive partnership with Indonesia, which is vital to our economic, strategic and security interests. We are working together to counter violent extremism, and address cyber and maritime security issues.  We co-chair the regional Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

Indonesia is Australia’s 12th largest trading partner and 11th largest export market. Our countries are committed to building stronger trade and investment links through the conclusion of an Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Our discussions will also focus on deepening our longstanding cooperation through regional and global fora, including the G20, the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus and the Indian Ocean Rim Association, to promote global and regional growth and stability.

Australia and Indonesia enjoy active bilateral engagement with a range of ministerial visits taking place in both directions in recent months.

Media contacts:

Foreign Minister’s Office: Rachel Obradovic 0478 488 874, Gabrielle Young 0408 275 340

Defence Minister’s Office: Henry Budd 0429 531 143


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