Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, on Friday met with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, HE Jean-Marc Ayrault in Melbourne at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices.
The two Ministers signed a Joint Statement of Enhanced Strategic Partnership between Australia and France and held a joint media briefing.
This joint statement signed sets out a plan to further build on France Australia links by:
•Encouraging trade, investment and business partnerships through regular business forums;
•Increasing the tempo of high-level political meetings;
•Supporting the partnership between our two countries to deliver Australia’s Submarine Program;
•Strengthening our partnership in the area of renewable energy;
•Deepening our understanding of our respective innovation and technology transfer ecosystems;
•Sharing experiences in crisis and consular management; and,
•Encouraging the development of bilingual school programs and bi-national schools in both countries
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