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PRIME MINISTER

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STATEMENT BY THE HON P J KEATING, MP

VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF GERMANY

I am pleased to announce that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Mr Richard von Weizsacker, will make a State visit to Australia from 3 to 9 September 1993 at the invitation of the Governor-General.

While in Australia President von Weizsacker will be visiting Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Cairns. I will meet President von Weizsacker in Canberra on Monday 6 September.

President von Weizsacker's visit to Australia will be the first by the President of at reunified Germany. His visit underlines the dramati c changes in international

affairs in recent times, including the ongoing process of European union.

Australia's relationship with Germany is substantial. In 1992, Germany was Australia's eighth largest trading partner. Australian exports to Germany were worth $1.1 billion and imports from Germany $3.2 billion. Germany is also a significant source of investment for Australia, with capital stock of $6.4 billion

invested here. Around 115,000 Australians were born in Germany and, at the 11 986 census, over 230,000 claimed German ancestry.

I warmly welcome President von Weizsacker to Australia, and look forward to discussing with him a range of issues including Australian-German relations an d the outlook for European economic integration.

CANBERRA 24 August 1993

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH