Quarterly Australia-France Defence Ministers meeting

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Defence

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Nicky Hamer (Minister Reynolds’ Office): +61 437 989 927

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Florence Parly

Minister of Defence of the French Republic

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2 May 2020

Joint statement:

  • Florence Parly, Minister of Defence of the French Republic


We have held our first quarterly meeting to review the progress of the Future Submarine Program following our productive discussion in Munich in February 2020.

We reaffirmed our full commitment to the Australia‑France strategic defence partnership and agreed to continue to work together on regional matters of shared interest in the Indo‑Pacific.

We acknowledged the significant collaboration between our Governments, officials and defence industries on the Future Submarine Program. The Program remains on track to meet its next major milestone, the Systems Functional Review, in January 2021.

We agreed to continue to meet quarterly to progress this important work.

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