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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


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.


How far are you willing to go on Iraq?


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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