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The Foreign Minister’s visit to Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Grenada, Panama and the US

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (pictured right) is currently on a visit to Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Grenada, Panama and the United States until the 7th of July.

Her visit to Argentina is the first by an Australian Foreign Minister in over 15 years.

She said during her visit “I will reiterate Australia’s support for Argentina as host of the December 2017 WTO Trade Ministers meeting and the G20 in 2018.

In Colombia she will open Australia’s new embassy in Bogota and meet with President Santos and Foreign Minster Holguin where she’ll be the first Australian Foreign Minister to visit in over 20 years.

Her visit to Panama will be the first by an Australian Foreign Minister, and she will advocate for Australian business interests in the regional hub.

During her visit to Cuba she will promote our growing commercial interests and strengthen our scientific, cultural and sporting links.

She will also meet many of her Caribbean counterparts in Grenada for the CARICOM Leaders’ Summit.

Twelve of the Commonwealth’s 53 members are in the Caribbean.

In Miami the Foreign Minister will meet senior politicians and business leaders.

The Foreign Minister pointed out that the State of Florida has the fourth largest economy and population in the United States and is a key market for Australian trade, investment and industry.

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