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Visit of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at IFAT

On 21st February 2018, the Honorable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia held a public lecture at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) entitled “Australian Foreign Policy White Paper: Preserving the Rules-Based Order”.

The event was opened by Ambassador Márton Schőberl, the Director of IFAT. In his opening remarks, he noted that although the geographic distance between Australia and Hungary is vast, the two countries are in close proximity in terms of their values. Ambassador Schőberl highlighted the importance of Minister Bishop’s visit on three levels: bilateral relations between Australia and Hungary, Australia’s ties to the Visegrad Cooperation, and finally the European Union context.

Minister Julie Bishop’s speech centered around Australia’s foreign policy objectives in a rapidly changing world order. Australia firmly believes in upholding the rules-based global order and in the significance of its partnerships with like-minded EU countries. She also discussed Australia’s unique geostrategic location in a region with many fast-developing emerging economies and substantial demographic growth. Following the public lecture, she responded to questions from journalists and audience members on a diverse range of topics, such as the status of the South China Sea, the rise of China, the future of the Commonwealth, and Australia’s international developmental aid programs.

The event was organized with the cooperation of the Australian Embassy in Vienna, along with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.