Prime Minister Decides on Global Peace, Sovereignty

Australia’s “iron” support for peace and sovereignty in Europe underscores its approach to the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Anthony Albanian will explain.

Speaking at a NATO Public Forum event in Madrid on Wednesday local time, Mr Albanian will pledge that Australia under his Labor government will defend values ​​that respect international law and territorial integrity.

“By supporting peace and sovereignty in Europe, we underline our rock-solid commitment to these standards in our own region, the Indo-Pacific,” he will say.

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Prime Minister Decides on Global Peace, Sovereignty

“We recognize that there is strategic competition in our region, and Australia is not afraid to work with all countries in our region to champion an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

“It will be through Australia’s actions that you will see our determination.

“We will tackle this issue in a mature way, with determination and resolution.”

Albanian will commend NATO alliance members for their “inspiring” responses to Russia after its “cruel” and “unjustified” invasion of Ukraine.

“We mourn the loss of these innocent lives and we condemn Russia’s reckless disregard for the global norms cherished by all democracies,” he will say.

The prime minister will tell the alliance that Australia is “invested for the long term” in the NATO relationship.

This year’s NATO summit is the largest ever held and the ‘Asia-Pacific Four’ – including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea – have been invited for the first time.

Mr Albanese will meet with the leaders of that country on the sidelines of the summit.

He will also have a one-on-one with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a busy day of discussions.

The summit will adopt a new strategy outlining NATO’s priorities for the next decade, and leaders will also address the ‘challenge’ of a more assertive China.

The Prime Minister will also meet with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Mr Albanese will fly to Paris later this week to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, in a bid to mend Australia’s relationship with France after Australia dumped a $90 billion submarine deal with the French naval group last year.

Mr Albanian has yet to confirm whether he will visit Ukraine, following an invitation from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to travel to Kiev, while security assessments are still underway.

Albanian met on Tuesday local time with South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Madrid.

The Prime Minister first met Mr Yoon, smiled and shook his hand and congratulated the Korean leader on his recent election victory.

“We are both new to our jobs,” said Mr Albanese.

In a short opening statement, Mr Yoon said that both countries have new governments and that he looks forward to strengthening ties between Korea and Australia.

Mr Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon also attended a NATO gala dinner the night before the summit’s main event, hosted by the King and Queen of Spain.

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