Australia-Republic of Korea 2+2 Foreign And Defence Ministers’ Meeting

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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Senator the Hon Penny Wong

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29 April 2024

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong will host their Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts for the Australia-ROK 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on 1 May 2024.

The meeting with ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cho Tae-yul, and Minister of National Defense Shin Won-sik, will advance our shared interest in promoting peace and prosperity in our region, deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and globally, and growing defence and security ties, under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Australia and the Republic of Korea are closely aligned partners with a strong relationship underpinned by a significant and complementary trading relationship, and vibrant people-to-people links.  

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Shin will also visit Hanwha Defence Australia’s facility in Avalon, Victoria.

Quotes attributable to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP: 

“I am delighted to host Minister Shin’s first visit to Australia as National Defense Minister and look forward to building on the productive discussions we had in October 2023.

“Australia and the Republic of Korea share a deep and historic defence relationship, dating back 74 years to the start of the Korean War. In that conflict and ever since, we have worked together to defend the rules-based international order and ensure our region remains peaceful, secure and prosperous.

“I highly value the expansion of our defence industry cooperation. The future Hanwha Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence will provide a significant economic boost to Australian defence industry and manufacturing capabilities, and deliver hundreds of jobs to the local community.“

Quotes attributable to Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator the Hon Penny Wong

“Australia and the Republic of Korea are comprehensive strategic partners committed to working together to build the type of region we want.

"We are two countries who understand the value of peace and the cost of war. We are working together to help shape a region that is peaceful, stable, and prosperous. Together we help maintain a regional balance of power where no country dominates and no country is dominated.

“The Republic of Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy enhances development and diplomatic engagement in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Australia will continue to work closely with the Republic of Korea as it implements the strategy.”


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