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

Joint Media Release

Minister for Defence Senator Robert Hill Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer MP 

30 March 2005

Visit by NATO Secretary General

The NATO Secretary General, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will visit Australia as a Guest of the Australian Government from 31 March to 2 April.

We will meet with the Secretary General in Canberra on Friday 1 April.  Following this, the Secretary General will travel to Melbourne to meet with the Prime Minister. While in Canberra, the Secretary General will address the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek.

Australia and NATO face common global security challenges including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and failed or failing states.  The Secretary General’s visit will provide an opportunity for Australia and NATO to discuss these issues and ways to work together to address them.

A joint press conference with the Secretary General will be held at the conclusion of our discussions in Canberra.

Inquiries:  Chris Kenny (Mr Downer's office) 02 62777 500 - Sascha Meldrum  (Senator Hill) (02) 6277 7800

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