Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP will visit Singapore from 10-12 June 2022 to attend the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue.
The visit will be Deputy Prime Minister Marles’ first overseas engagement as Minister for Defence, providing an invaluable opportunity to meet with regional counterparts from over 30 nations.
“I am honoured to represent Australia at such an important forum to discuss security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region in complex and challenging times,” Deputy Prime Minister Marles said.
“The Indo-Pacific is in the midst of the most consequential strategic alignment of our time. I welcome the role this Dialogue plays in shaping robust conversation on strategic challenges and regional security dynamics.”
The Shangri-La Dialogue is the largest regional security dialogue in the Indo-Pacific, attended by high-level international representatives.
This year’s Dialogue is an important opportunity for in-person regional engagement at ministerial level, which was limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Australia remains committed to working with our partners across the region to promote our shared interests of a peaceful, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.
“I look forward to sharing Australia’s strategic outlook at the Dialogue, and outlining our regional priorities.”
While in Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Marles will participate in the tenth Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Defense Ministers’ Meeting with Japanese Minister of Defense, Kishi Nobuo and United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.
Secretary of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty, and the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell will also attend the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Further information on the Shangri-La Dialogue can be found at IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.