28 May 2023
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP, will visit the Republic of Korea to attend the inaugural Korea-Pacific Islands Summit on 29 May 2023, on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Representatives from the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) have been invited to the summit in Seoul.
The Summit demonstrates shared commitment to stronger cooperation between Korea and the PIF to ensure a secure, peaceful and prosperous region.
During his visit, the Deputy Prime Minister will meet President Yoon Suk Yeol and his Defence counterpart, Korean Minister of National Defense Mr Lee Jong-sup.
Korea and Australia share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership underpinned by our shared values and common strategic interests.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“I look forward to visiting Seoul for the historic inaugural Korea-Pacific Islands Forum Summit.
“With the release of its Indo-Pacific Strategy in December 2022, Korea demonstrates its commitment to the Pacific as an engaged and reliable partner.”
“Australia welcomes Korea’s interest in deepening ties with the Pacific, and looks forward to building on our foundation of shared values to promote our mutual interest in a prosperous and resilient Pacific.”
“This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, making it a significant time to commit to ongoing stability within our region. Australia will look to commemorate this occasion with Korea later this year.”
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