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Transcript 8936

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISER, THE HON P J KEATING, MP

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Keating, Paul

Period of Service: 20/12/1991 to 11/03/1996

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Release Date: 13/08/1993

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 8936

PRIME MINISTER
STATEMENT BY TIlE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING, MP
VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES, TIlE UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND,
FRANCE AND MONACO
I am pleased to announce that arrangements have been made for me to visit the
United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Monaco from II to 24
September. My visit to Washington will provide a valuable opportunity to reaffirm with the
Clinton Administration and Congressional leaders the vitality and relevance of
the Australia-United States relationship during a period of great fluidity in
international relations. Fundamental Australian interests are engaged in the
defence alliance, strong enonomic ties and processes of policy consultation we
enjoy with the United States. Australia welcomes recent public statements by
President Clinton about US determination to stay engaged strategically in the
Asia-Pacific region and the strong support he has given to the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation ( APEC) process. I look forward to, in particular,
exchanging views with President Clinton on the informal meeting of APEC
leaders he proposes to host in Seattle in November this year.
The United States is Australia's second largest export market billion in
1992) and largest source of imports ($ 12.4 billion). It is also the largest source
of foreign investment in Australia and the most important destination for
Australian direct investment abroad.
Following a two-day program in Washington, I will visit New York where I
shall be meeting with UN Secretary-General Boutros Ghai to discuss the role
of the United Nations in the post-Cold War era and Australia's participation in
UN activities.
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In London, I expect to have extensive discussions with Prime Minister Major
on a range of bilateral and international issues of importance to both countries.
The visit will provide an opportunity to underline the Australian Government's
commitment to maintaining a warm and cooperative relationship with Britain
at a time when the external policies of both countries are increasingly oriented
towards their respective regions, and at a time when there is increasing interest
in proposals to amend our constitutional arrangements so as to allow us to have
an Australian head of state.
Britain remains one of Australia's most important economic partners. It is
Australia's eighth largest export market billion in 1992) and third largest
source of imports billion). Britain is also our third largest source of
foreign investment and the second most important destination for Australian
direct investment abroad.
Following an official program in London, I shall visit Balmoral Castle in
Scotland for a private meeting with Her Majesty the Queen.
My visit to Ireland will build on the good will generated by high-level Irish
visits to Australia including, most recently, by President Mary Rohinson. I
look forward to reaffirming the strong community fink-sbefiveeh Australia and
Ireland and to discussing with the Taoiseach, Mr Reynolds, and his
Government a range of international economic and political issues of interest to
both countries. I have also been invited to address the National Dail
( Parliament) in Dublin.
I shall have an opportunity to make a very brief visit to the village of Villers-
Bretonneux in Northern France to pay my respects on the 75th anniver'sary of
the decisive campaigns of 1918 in the final months of the First World War. I
particularly want to thank the people of Villers-Bretonneux for the close
friendship they have maintained with Australia since those days.
Before returning to Australia, I shall visit Monaco to take part in the formal
presentation of Sydney's bid to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
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13 August 1993
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