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Remarks at Meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

More information about Abbott, Tony on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 15/11/2013

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 23092

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

I’m thrilled to be here at my first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It’s great to be with David Cameron.

Britain, as David says, is Australia’s oldest friend. We have so much in common. We have a history. We have so many shared institutions. We have shared values. We have shared interests. This is a very, very close relationship and I look forward to it going from strength to strength in the months and years ahead.

Certainly the Commonwealth is an extraordinary association. It's one based not on wealth, geography, not even on necessarily mutual interests but on shared values and I think institutions and associations like this are important in the modern world.


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