Period of Service: 11/03/1983 to 20/12/1991
Release Date: 22/04/1983
Release Type: Media Release
Transcript ID: 6092
Document: Original Transcript (PDF 80.78 KB)
FOR MEDIA 2 2 April 1983
When I announced the acceptance of President Reagan' s
invitation to meet with him in Washington on June 13 1
indicated it was probable that visits to other countries
would be included in the itinerary.
I am now able to announce the broad itinerary for my
visit overseas from June 2 to
My first ' consultations outside Australia as Prime Minister
will be with Prime Minister Somare and the Papua New Guinea
Government in Port Moresby.
Australia and Papua New Guinca have a close and special
relationship and at these discussitons I shall be reaffirming
the importance my Government places on these relations and
our shared perceptions of the importance of the South Pacific
region. Mr Somare's request for a review of the aid arrangements
will also be discussed.
I shall be visiting Jakarta and holding discussions with
President Soeharto and the Indonesian Government.
Australia must have a close and harmonious relationship with
our nearest Asian neighbour.
In my talks with President Soeharto and the Indonesian
Government I shall be aiming to build upon our common
interests, while seeking better mutual understanding on
issues about which we have had different views.
I have accepted an invitation from the Director-General
of the ILO, Mr Blanchard, to address the International
Labour Conference in Geneva on June
Before this commitment I shall have talks in London and
In London I shall meet with Prime Minister Thatcher and
Foreign Secretary Pym. I shall also be meeting with the
Queen, and attend the opening of the Australian Studies
Centre at the University of London.
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In Paris I shall be meeting President Mitterrand and members
of the French Government, and also have discussions with the
8ecre tary-General of the OECD, Mr Van Lcnnep.
During my visit to Washington to meet with President Reagan
a ful~ l program of talks has been arranged with mnem--bers of
the Administration including Vice President Bush, Secretary
of State Shultz and Defence Secretary Weinberger.
In the United States I will be accompanied by the Treasurer,
Mr Keating, and in Washington we shall have discussions
with senior United States economic officials.
In New York we shall meet with members of the banking and
business community. I shall also be meeting with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Perez de Cuellar.
0The draft itinerary is: 2-3 June Port Moresby
6-8 June London
8-9 June Paris
9-10 June Geneva
11-15 June Washington
15-17 June New York