Today I chaired the sixth MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, bringing together Foreign Ministers from Mexico, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey to discuss key global and regional issues that affect our security and prosperity.

MIKTA countries are significant economic powers: we are the 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th largest economies in the world and play pivotal strategic roles in our respective regions. We also share important fundamental values, including a commitment to democracy and human rights, and support free trade and open economies.

Our discussion today focussed on Syria and foreign terrorist fighters; counter-terrorism; international energy governance; gender equality; development cooperation; and encouraging further innovation across MIKTA economies.

I affirmed with my MIKTA counterparts, our determination to work towards a successful outcome from the upcoming conference on climate change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris in December 2015.

The diversity of MIKTA creates a unique voice that can be a powerful advocate for global peace and prosperity and we will find further opportunities to cooperate as we take forward the shared agenda we agreed today.

Australia will chair MIKTA for the next twelve months.

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