At the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, I will travel to Cornwall, United Kingdom from 11 to 13 June for the G7 Leaders’ Summit.
There has never been a more important time for Australia to be at the table with the world’s largest liberal democracies and advanced economies.
The global pandemic and the recession it has caused means likeminded counties and businesses need to work together to lead the global recovery to restore lives and livelihoods.
There is a lot at stake for Australia, the region and the world.
Later today, I will visit Singapore to hold my Annual Leaders’ Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
I look forward to discussing cooperation under our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, health and economic responses to COVID-19 and sharing perspectives on developments in the Indo-Pacific.
The G7 Summit will be my first travel outside the Indo-Pacific region since the beginning of the pandemic and will provide an opportunity to meet many leaders for the first time since 2019.
I look forward to working and engaging with all of the leaders, including Prime Minister Johnson, President Biden, Prime Minister Suga, Prime Minister Trudeau, President Macron, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Draghi, as well as President Moon and President Ramaphosa. Prime Minister Modi will join virtually.
We will discuss strengthening preparedness for future pandemics; promoting our future prosperity, business-led growth and championing free and fair trade, tackling climate change and protecting our planet; and supporting open societies, open economies and the international rules-based order.
Importantly, regional security in the Indo-Pacific will be a central part of our discussions.
Following the G7 in Cornwall, I will travel to London for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, ministers, senior national security and intelligence officials, and business leaders.
I look forward to engaging with the UK – Australia’s oldest friend – on our Free Trade Agreement.
I will also visit Paris to meet with President Macron and discuss how Australia and France can strengthen our defence and economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific to meet the region’s strategic challenges.
I will take the opportunity to visit the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to celebrate its 50th anniversary and discuss priorities with Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, who assumed the role on 1 June 2021.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will be Acting Prime Minister during the period 10-17 June, while I am away.
During this time I will remain in constant contact with my ministers and officials regarding the health and economic responses to COVID-19 in Australia.
On my return to Australia, I will strictly follow health advice and quarantine requirements, as will accompanying staff, officials and media.