The Leadership of Australia in the World-1

Counter-ISIL Coalition Conference in Washington DC

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop attended in the Counter-ISIL Coalition Conference in Washington DC on July 21.

I will represent Australia at the first joint Counter-ISIL Coalition Foreign and Defence Ministers’ meetings in Washington on 21 July. I will be joined by my colleague, the Minister for Defence Marise Payne.”

“I will also take part in a panel discussion with leaders of the international security community on the importance of intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against ISIL.   As part of Australia’s ongoing commitment to Peace and Stability in Iraq and  announce that Australia will provide a further $15 million in Humanitarian and Stabilisation Assistance. This will include $5 million to Clear Landmines from Civilian areas, $5 million for the World Food Programme for urgent food relief, $3 million for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and $2 million for the UN Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund.

This additional assistance brings Australia’s Humanitarian Response to the Iraq crisis to $60 million since 2014.  Since 2011, Australia has also provided $213 million in response to the Syrian crisis, and we have committed a further $220 million for Humanitarian Relief in Syria and neighbouring countries over the next three years.” Stated Minister of Foreign Affairs  Bishop July 20, 2016 © DFAT of Australia

Additional:  Speech by Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop to Counter-ISIL Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting, Joint Plenary Session Intervention. Department of State Washington D.C,  21 July 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Minister of Defense of Australia Marise Payne  July 20, 2016

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