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Transcript of remarks at meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, Colombo



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PRIME MINISTER

15 November 2013

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MP REMARKS AT MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

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I’m thrilled to be here at my first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It’s great to be with David Cameron.

Britain, as David says, is Australia’s oldest friend. We have so much in common. We have a history. We have so many shared institutions. We have shared values. We have shared interests. This is a very, very close relationship and I look forward to it going from strength to strength in the months and years ahead.

Certainly the Commonwealth is an extraordinary association. It's one based not on wealth, geography, not even on necessarily mutual interests but on shared values and I think institutions and associations like this are important in the modern world.

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