Australian PM to attend G20 summit, strengthens ties in Southeast Asia

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has officially announced that he will attend the G20 summit in New Delhi next month.

Albanese is set to join the ranks of G-20 leaders marking their calendars for a summit in New Delhi this September under the leadership of India.

Known as the premier international platform for fostering global economic cooperation, the G20 Summit will focus heads of state and government on steering the global economy towards strong, sustainable and resilient growth, according to a statement released by the Australian Prime Minister’s Office. Minister.

“Deepening Australia’s engagement with Southeast Asia is a key priority for my government. Our futures are intertwined – so it is imperative that we work together to achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous region,” the Australian Prime Minister’s Office quoted Albanese as saying.

„It is more important than ever that Australia works closely with international partners, including multilateral economic forums such as the G20, to address shared challenges and opportunities,” Albanese said.

„Australia is committed and invested in the Indo-Pacific to promote growth and prosperity, stability and respect for sovereignty and lasting peace,” he added.

Albanese expressed his pride in Australia’s upcoming role as host of a special summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia dialogue relations in 2024.

„I look forward to welcoming ASEAN leaders to Australia in March next year,” he noted.

The Albanian itinerary for September includes visits to Indonesia, the Philippines and India. The trips are aimed at facilitating dialogue with regional leaders on the global crisis and advancing Australia’s economic, security and climate objectives.

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Also marked on the calendar are the 3rd Annual ASEAN-Australia Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit to be held in Jakarta from September 6-7 with the participation of the Australian Prime Minister. Australia’s strong alliance with ASEAN and its member states are critical to achieving shared prosperity, security and harmony in the vicinity.

As part of the Australian government’s push to boost ties with Southeast Asian countries, the Albanians’ travel agenda includes Manila, the first bilateral visit by an Australian prime minister to the Philippines since 2003.

In a key engagement scheduled for September 8, the Prime Minister will hold talks with Philippine President Ferdinand R Marcos Jr. on enhancing cooperation in key domains such as defense, maritime security, development and education.

Outlining the basis of this alliance, the Prime Minister said, “Our partnership with the Philippines is built on close defense and security cooperation, increasing economic ties and warm personal ties, including a vibrant Filipino-Australian community. I look forward to going to Manila to meet President Marcos and cement our partnership.

In a parallel development of global governance, India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1, 2022.

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