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The Hon Richard Marles MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Defence
Senator the Hon Penny Wong
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister's Office - 02 6277 7500
9 February 2023
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, will today host the 8th Australia-Indonesia 2+2 Defence and Foreign Ministers’ meeting with Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Canberra.
The Ministers will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of shared strategic interest, and identify opportunities for deeper cooperation under the Australia-Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
The meeting will reaffirm the continuing dialogue and partnership that Australia has with Indonesia, including on defence and regional security.
The Ministers will discuss the opportunities and challenges in our region and how Australia and Indonesia can work together to help maintain a peaceful Indo-Pacific, underpinned by ASEAN centrality.
Australia recognises ASEAN’s essential contribution to regional peace and security and is committed to supporting Indonesia’s leadership as Chair of ASEAN in 2023.
On Friday Foreign Minister Wong will co-chair the Bali Process Ministerial Meeting with Foreign Minister Retno in Adelaide.
The Deputy Prime Minister will host a Defence Ministers’ Meeting with Minister Prabowo in Canberra.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important partners and closest friends. Together, we make an important contribution to a stable, peaceful, prosperous and resilient region with ASEAN at its core.”
“Our regular 2+2 meeting is a chance for us to discuss the key issues facing the region and deepen our cooperation even further.”
Quotes attributable to Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:
“Australia and Indonesia are linked by geography and also by choice. We share a deep interest in a region that is peaceful, stable and prosperous.”
“I look forward to constructive discussions to advance our cooperation on shared interests, including security cooperation, economic resilience, and Indonesia’s priorities as ASEAN Chair.”
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