MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
20 April 1999
Visit To Japan And Singapore
I will visit Japan from 21-24 April and Singapore 24-26 April 1999.
My visit to Japan reciprocates a visit to Australia by Foreign Minister Komura in November last year. It is a further reflection of the importance Australia attaches to its relations with Japan with whom we enjoy a relationship of the highest quality at all levels of government and community.
A key objective of my visit will be to exchange views on a wide range of politico-strategic issues, including developments in Indonesia and East Timor, as well as on the Korean peninsula.
Japan is Australia's most important trading partner and a major source of Foreign Direct Investment, and we expect this to continue into the foreseeable future. My visit will provide an opportunity also to discuss a range of bilateral and regional economic issues, including Japan's response to its current recession, the East Asian economic crisis, and developments in APEC.
In addition to Foreign Minister Komura, I will also meet Prime Minister Obuchi, MITI Minister Yosano, and other senior political and business figures.
My visit to Singapore recognises the continuing close dialogue
we share on regional developments and comes at a particularly
important time in regional affairs.
Earlier in the day, I will deliver the principal address at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery.
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Minister - Innes Willox 02 6277 7500
Department - Tony Melville / Geoff Leach 02 6261 1555
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