The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

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Media Release

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
FA167 / 13 December 2001

Australia and Mauritania Establish Diplomatic Relations

I am pleased to announce that Australia and Mauritania have agreed to establish diplomatic relations pursuant to Article 2 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Both Australia and Mauritania will move soon to appoint Ambassadors in accordance with international practice.

I hope that the establishment of diplomatic relations with Mauritania will build upon the friendly relations our two countries share, and enhance the business, cultural and community links between us. 

The establishment of a diplomatic relationship between our two countries offers the opportunity of working in partnership in a range of fields of common interest, including agriculture, mineral exploration and the environment. 

I envisage Australia's Embassy in Paris will be accredited to Mauritania.

Inquiries: Nicole Guihot (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500  / Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555

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