From CHOGM to Villers-Bretonneux: a wrap-up of the Prime Minister’s meetings in Europe

From CHOGM to Villers-Bretonneux: a wrap-up of the Prime Minister’s meetings in Europe

International Policy International Engagement Summits
Monday, 30 April 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime Minister Turnbull shaking hands with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

Over the last week the Prime Minister had meetings with leaders in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and France, promoting Australia’s economic and security relationships.

From 18 to 20 April the Prime Minister, attended the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The Prime Minister worked closely with the United Kingdom as CHOGM Chair and his fellow leaders to achieve strong outcomes, including robust statements against protectionism and support for the global rules-based order. Read the outcomes and leader’s statements from CHOGM 2018.

While at CHOGM the Prime Minister conducted a number of meetings with his fellow leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, where they reaffirmed our mutual commitment to democracy as well as our strong economic and security ties. Prime Minister Turnbull also met with the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, where he affirmed Australia’s commitment to deliver a high-speed undersea telecommunication cable between Australia and Solomon Islands.

The Prime Minister attended the UK National Cyber Security Centre with Prime Ministers Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Justin Trudeau of Canada and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, where the leaders committed to solidarity in the face of those who threaten the rule of law.

Prime Minister Turnbull with Prime Ministers Theresa May, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern

While in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The leaders discussed cyber security, national security and trade, particularly in regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

After the United Kingdom the Prime Minister travelled to Germany. Prime Minister Turnbull gave the keynote address at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, where he championed liberal democracy and the economic prosperity it has brought. The Prime Minister discussed the challenges the liberal trading order faces in the context of rising protectionist tendencies.

The Prime Minister met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, where they reaffirmed the close alliance between our two countries.  Their discussions focused on strengthening defence ties and opportunities to deepen the trade and investment relationship, 

Prime Minister Turnbull then travelled to Belgium, where he met with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. The Secretary General praised the relationship Australia shares with NATO, in particular our commitment to Afghanistan and our role in helping to defeat ISIS. The Prime Minister also met with President Juncker to discuss the Australia – European Union Free Trade Agreement.

The Prime Minister travelled to France to officially open the Sir John Monash Centre, alongside French Prime Minister Philippe. The Sir John Monash Centre commemorates the servicemen and women of Australia who fought on the Western Front. In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister remembered the 46,000 Australians who gave their lives on the Western Front and the great sacrifice Australia made in the First World War. He also praised the service of General Sir John Monash and his tremendous contribution to the war effort.

For Anzac Day, the Prime Minister addressed the Dawn Service, highlighting the sacrifice Australian servicemen and women made on the Western Front, particularly at Villers-Bretonneux.