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I will travel to Singapore over 13-15 November to participate in the East Asia Summit and bilateral meetings with some of Australia’s key partners.
The East Asia Summit is the region’s premier forum for strategic dialogue and helps to ensure the Indo-Pacific remains peaceful, open and prosperous.
The Australian Government’s international agenda advances our domestic priorities – keeping our economy strong, keeping Australians safe and keeping Australians together.
Our focus is on progressing practical initiatives in areas including counter-terrorism, infrastructure and maritime cooperation.
In addition to the East Asia Summit, I will join leaders to review progress towards the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, an important agreement that will help to promote closer regional economic integration and create trade and investment opportunities for Australian businesses.
I will also participate in a meeting with my ASEAN counterparts, building on the momentum of the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney earlier this year.
Frank dialogue and mutual respect and cooperation underpin the East Asia Summit, and I look forward to the opportunities it presents.