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Thursday, 17 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Prime Minister) . - The Minister for External Affairs (Mr. Hasluck) is leaving Australia this weekend to lead the Australian delegation to the meeting of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East which will open in New Delhi on 22nd March and he will subsequently go to Rome to preside over a meeting of all the Australian Heads of Mission from our posts in Africa. This meeting of Heads of Mission will afford an opportunity to the Government to receive from its own representatives an up to date assessment of the present and prospective situation in Africa.

While in India the Minister will have the opportunity of meeting the President, the new Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of India and of discussing with them matters of common concern. The Indian Government has invited him to be its official guest during the period of his stay outside attendance at the E.C.A.F.E. meeting. On his way to Rome he will take the opportunity of paying an official visit to Israel and to Greece, again with the main purpose of meeting the Foreign Ministers of those countries and of having discussion with our own Ambassadors.

As the Minister for External Affairs was required to make the visits I have mentioned, I have taken advantage of his presence overseas to ask him to make a special visit to Washington, the United Nations headquarters at New York and London in order to continue the high-level discussions with our allies concerning the situations which we are facing in Asia and the trends of policy, and to pursue the contacts we have with countries interested in the region and with the SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations. On his way home he will complete this particular round of discussion by calling at Wellington in order to talk with the Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs of New Zealand.

During the absence of the Minister, the Minister for Works (Senator Gorton) who ordinarily represents him in the Senate, will act as Minister for External Affairs. I shall deal with matters affecting the External Affairs portfolio in this House.

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