Australia - United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations 2024

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for Foreign Affairs

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19 March 2024

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong will this week welcome the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs the Rt Hon Lord Cameron and Secretary of State for Defence the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP to Australia for the annual Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN).

The United Kingdom is Australia’s close and enduring partner. Together we are working to shape a peaceful and secure world.

AUKMIN 2024 is an opportunity to identify new ways we can grow and strengthen collaboration in key strategic areas of our partnership.

Australia and the United Kingdom will discuss ways to deepen cooperation across defence, climate action and clean energy, cyber, and economic security. 

Both Secretaries of State will visit Canberra on Thursday, before travelling on to Adelaide for AUKMIN Consultations on Friday.

Quote attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“In an increasingly complex strategic environment, the United Kingdom remains a critical partner in support of a rules-based global order.”

“I look forward to working with our United Kingdom counterparts this week to progress ambitious new initiatives to deepen our defence partnership.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:
“Australia and the United Kingdom are building on our longstanding strategic partnership to address our challenging and rapidly changing world.

“We are working together, including in the Indo-Pacific, for a world that is peaceful, stable, prosperous and respectful of sovereignty.”

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