I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Mr President Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to Australia.

The relationship between our two nations has grown significantly since diplomatic relations were established in 2009.

President Issoufou’s visit to Australia provides an opportunity to build upon our growing bilateral engagement with Niger. This is supported by our areas of common interest including in mining, energy and dryland agriculture.

I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Mr Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, to Australia from the 15th to the 17th of October.

Australia strongly values its close relationship with Ireland. Australia and Ireland recently celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations.

Our two countries share deep historical and people-to-people links and the Irish have contributed immeasurably to modern day Australia. Today nearly 2.4 million Australians claim Irish ancestry.

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