Mogherini pays official visit to Australia

Photo: EPA Julie Bishop (L) welcomes Federica Mogherini in Australia.

Federica Mogherini visited on 8 August Australia for the first time in her capacity as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/VP of the European Commission, the EU press service reported. While in Sydney, she met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to discuss bilateral issues such as the recently launched trade negotiations and the progress made in implementing the 2017 EU-Australia Framework Agreement.

Both Mogherini and Bishop looked at the positive impact the cooperation between the EU and Australia has, with a view to protecting and strengthening the international rules-based order, multilateralism and open global trade. Australia confirmed that it will deploy civilian expertise to EU-led crisis response and capacity building missions in third countries of common interest, under the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy.

The two officials agreed to continue strengthening security coordination and collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, including through development cooperation. Bishop emphasised that the EU's presence and development programmes in the region are significantly improving the quality of peoples' lives through sustainable social and economic development. They also discussed ways to further enhance collaboration in combating terrorism, strengthen cooperation on cyber issues, as well as global challenges, such as climate change and migration.

Mogherini and Bishop spoke to the press after their meeting and issued a joint press release. Mogherini also met with Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and delivered an opening speech at the Europe-Australia Business Council. For more information on EU-Australia relations, consult the factsheet or visit the website of the EU delegation to Australia.


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