Highlights:

  • Both Australia and Germany signed the Enhanced Strategic Partnership.
  • Australia Germany agreed to advance bilateral and regional cooperation as well as an enhanced multilateral engagement.
  • Australia welcomed the deployment of a German frigate in the Indo-Pacific in the second half of 2021.
  • The delegates extended their support to Afghanistan after the international military withdrawal.

Today, second Australia and Germany 2+2 Security Policy Consultations were conducted between the Foreign and Defence Ministries of the two countries. It was attended by the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton MP, whereas from the German side, it was attended by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and the Minister of Defence, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

In the meeting, both sides signed a new Australia-Germany Enhanced Strategic Partnership. The Partnership aims to lift the bilateral relationship to a new level. It further commits Australia and Germany to a broader strategic alignment and joint support for the multilateral system and its institutions.

The 2+2 consultations highlighted the close and trustful relations between Berlin and Canberra. They discussed and reviewed the key security and regional challenges faced by both countries. Both sides agreed to advance bilateral and regional cooperation as well as an enhanced multilateral engagement.

The Ministers committed to intensifying their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Ministers agreed that Germany’s focus on the implementation of its new ‘Policy Guidelines for the Indo-Pacific’ to step up its engagement provided a significant opportunity for strengthening cooperation in the region. Moreover, Australia welcomed the deployment of a German frigate in the Indo-Pacific in the second half of 2021.

The South China Sea issue was also brought up by the officials, where they underlined the centrality of UNCLOS. They reaffirmed the significance of freedom of navigation and overnight. Views on issues related to Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China were also taken into consideration. They also extended their support to Afghanistan Government after the international military withdrawal.

Ministers discussed the importance of working together on COVID-19 recovery. Both sides confirmed their support for equitable global access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

They also reaffirmed their steadfast support for multilateral institutions, in particular the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the World Trade Organization, and the G20, and through the Alliance for Multilateralism.

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