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Doorstop Interview, Cabinet Offices, London

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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: 12/08/2014

Release Type: Transcript

Transcript ID: 23730

Subject(s): United Kingdom security and foreign affairs meetings.

Location: London

PRIME MINISTER:

I look forward to the security and intelligence briefings that I’ll be receiving this morning, and I am looking forward very much to meeting with the Foreign Secretary and with the Secretary of State for Defence later on today.

This is a difficult and dangerous world and it’s important that Australia stays in the closest possible touch with our friends and partners, particularly with this developing situation in the Middle East.

So I am pleased to be here and I look forward to having more to say about the discussions later on.

QUESTION:

How far are you willing to go on Iraq?

PRIME MINISTER:

As is already the case, we are preparing to involve ourselves in the humanitarian airdrop. We’ll continue talking to our friends and partners about other issues, but at this stage I want to stress that this is very much a humanitarian mission to try to ensure that tens of thousands of people are not exposed to the murderous zealotry of the Islamic State.

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