Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Australia from November 7 to 8.
The minister’s visit falls within the framework of the close strategic partnership between France and Australia, characterized by key cooperation in the areas of defense and security and by dynamic economic, cultural and human relations.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet with his counterpart, Marise Payne, to discuss major international issues as well as the challenges facing our countries in the Indo-Pacific region. The ministers will review our bilateral relations in the context of the French-Australian AFiniti initiative launched in May 2018 during President Macron’s visit to Australia.
In Melbourne, the minister will take part in the second international conference on the fight against terrorist financing “No Money For Terror,” the first edition of which took place in Paris last year. This event, which will bring together 55 countries as well as around 20 international and regional organizations, will make it possible to strengthen international efforts to combat the financing of terrorist groups, especially Daesh and Al Qaeda. The minister will underscore France’s continued commitment to this issue and will stress the need to implement all of the commitments made in Paris in April 2018, in order to better identify and freeze the sources of international terrorist financing. He will call on all participants to strengthen their support for the most vulnerable countries, notably in the Sahel, and to more effectively anticipate the potential risks associated with the development of new technologies such as cryptocurrencies.
In Adelaide (southern Australia), Jean-Yves Le Drian and Simon Birmingham, the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, will co-chair the first session of the bilateral dialogue on trade and investment. This dialogue is designed to strengthen economic ties between our two countries, currently characterized by the presence of 600 French companies in Australia employing 70,000 people, and to consider ways to encourage trade and investment flows.
The minister will meet with Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, as well as Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, to discuss the French economic presence and prospects for university cooperation in these two states.
At the University of Adelaide, he will attend a round table on academic and scientific cooperation that will include the university’s presidents and professors.
Also during his visit, the minister will meet with industrial leaders and contractors connected with the Future Submarine Program.