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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER FA8 23 January 2004

AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND THE US TO HOLD SECURITY TALKS

Australia, Japan and the United States will hold trilateral security talks in Tokyo on Tuesday 3 February 2004.

The talks will be the fifth round of the Trilateral Security Dialogue which commenced in August 2002. The dialogue provides a forum for high-level strategic discussion, reflecting our shared interests in international security and an appreciation of the contribution made by each country in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia’s delegation will be led by the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Ashton Calvert. Japan will be represented by Mr Yukio Takeuchi (Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs) and the United States by Mr Richard Armitage (Deputy Secretary of State).

The talks will cover a range of global and regional security issues of mutual interest including the North Korean nuclear issue and reconstruction in Iraq.

These talks complement Australia’s security dialogue and cooperation with other partners in bilateral and regional forums. Australia regards the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) as the principal forum for security dialogue in Asia and participates actively in ARF activities.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) (02) 0419 206 890 Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555