FA130 - 15 September 2002
Australia and Bhutan Establish Diplomatic Relations
I am pleased to announce that Australia and Bhutan have agreed to
establish diplomatic relations pursuant to Article 2 of the Vienna
Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Australia and Bhutan will appoint Ambassadors soon in accordance
with international practice.
I am confident that establishment of formal diplomatic relations
will consolidate the friendly relations shared by our two countries
and enhance our political contacts, cooperation and business, cultural
and community links.
Australia and Bhutan have had useful exchanges in a range of fields
over a number of years. Many Bhutanese nationals have studied and
attended training courses in Australia.
Diplomatic relations offer the opportunity to further develop our
partnership and strengthen our interaction in areas of common interest.
I expect education and training to remain of primary interest but
health, HIV/AIDS, environment, tourism and agricultural development
are all areas for possible future bilateral cooperation.
I envisage that Australia's High Commissioner to India will be accredited
as Australia's non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan.
Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Julie
McDonald (Departmental) +61 02 6261 1555
Local Date: Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:29:00 EST