Visit to Europe

Media release
24 Jun 2022
Prime Minister

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will travel to Europe from Sunday 26 June for the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Madrid. The Prime Minister will then travel on to France to accept President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to meet in Paris.

The NATO Leaders’ Summit comes at a critical time. The conflict in Ukraine has significant consequences that reach far beyond Europe. Australia’s attendance also allows for engagement on strategic priorities for NATO engagement in our region.

Australia has been invited to attend the Summit as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. In this role, Australia has worked closely with NATO on interoperability, military training and exercise programs, and other issues of mutual interest.

Through this partnership, the Prime Minister will engage with our Asia-Pacific partners and attend official engagements including bilateral meetings with NATO member countries.

At the conclusion of the NATO Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Albanese will travel to Paris, to meet with President Emmanuel Macron.

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles will be Acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Albanese is overseas.

Quotes attributable to the Prime Minister:

“I look forward to attending the NATO Leaders’ Summit. It could not come at a more critical time.

“I look forward to engaging on the strategic priorities for our region.

“Australia has been unequivocal in its support for Ukraine and its condemnation of President Putin. We will continue to stand up for freedom and democracy.

“I am also honoured to accept an invitation from President Macron to visit Paris.

“France is an important partner and friend to Australia, particularly in our shared vision for peace and stability in the Pacific.”