Brussels, 10 December 2021 (TDI): Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne is visiting Europe. Whilst there, she also went on a state visit to Brussels, Belgium today.
The Foreign Minister will hold talks with high-level dignitaries of Belgium and the EU commission. During the tour, Minister Marise held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart in Belgium.
In a tweet, she had announced her visit noting that she is very satisfied to discuss multiple issues with Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The international rules-based order, combating climate change & supporting human rights & a resilient multilateral system are key priorities for both 🇦🇺 & Belgium. It was a pleasure to discuss these issues with Belgium’s Deputy PM & Minister for Foreign Affairs @Sophie_Wilmes. pic.twitter.com/WjBVQltI3F
— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) December 9, 2021
The meeting allowed them to discuss international rules-based order as well as climate change combat in both countries. Matters like supporting human rights & a resilient multilateral system were also part of the discussion.
The two countries consider these issues as the topmost priorities because of the damages they have been facing because of the effects of Climate change.
Meeting with EU High Representative
Marise Payne also met with the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell Fontelles in Brussels today. During the meeting, they discussed methods to advance cooperation between Australia and Europe.
The Australian Foreign Minister on her part welcomed the EU’s new Global Gateway infrastructure investment. Australia is committed to cooperating with European countries in Indo Pacific.
Meeting with EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
The Brussels tour remained very productive for Minister Payne as she also held a meeting with the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen.
During the meeting, the two discussed joint collaboration for COVID19 recovery. They also discussed infrastructure, development & climate change adaptation. Indo-Pacific politics was also part of the discussion between Australia and the European Union.