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PRIME MINISTER:

Mr President, Julie and I are so pleased to welcome you here to the Australian Parliament.

The warmth of the history and the family ties between Australia and Ireland couldn’t be greater. Australia is the most Irish country in the world, a part from Ireland, of course, [Laughter] with so many millions of Australians having a Irish ancestry.

And, of course, so much of our culture, our history, our politics, our literature being influenced by, inspired by, written by Irish Australians.

The Prime Minister was pleased to meet in Sydney today with His Excellency Mr Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger.

The Prime Minister and President agreed to work together to strengthen the relationship between Australia and Niger in a number of areas, including counterterrorism, mining and education.

The Prime Minister welcomed the President’s engagement with leaders in Australia’s mining industry.  As countries rich in natural resources, Australia and Niger can share experience and work together in the mining sector. 

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