Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit India and Sri Lanka from July 18-20

Hon. Julie Bishop MP will visit India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in the region.

In India, she will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and join Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj for their bilateral Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue.

They will discuss  shared interests in a stable Indo-Pacific, their deepening defence and security relationship, and how the two countries can boost trade and economic ties.

Says Bishop, “India is a significant economic partner and trading partner, and I will explore further opportunities for Australia in the education sector and in developing innovative partnerships in the business sector. I will visit the Shiv Nadar School to meet with students and teachers to discuss the careers of the future and highlight Australia as an education destination of choice for students in our region.

I will also deliver my second Indo-Pacific Oration in New Delhi, outlining how Australia and India can work together to build peace and prosperity, and to maintain a rules-based order in our region.”

In Sri Lanka, Ms Bishop will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and other ministers to discuss security cooperation and explore new economic opportunities in science, resources and energy.

President Sirisena and Ms. Bishop will announce Australian assistance to combat dengue fever in Sri  Lanka and discuss progress on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process, which is critical to its long-term security and prosperity.

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