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Visit to Gallipoli Peninsula.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

Stephen Smith MP Minister for Foreign Affairs

M E D I A R E L E A S E

FA 22 April 2009

VISIT TO GALLIPOLI PENINSULA

I will leave Australia tonight, Wednesday 23 April to visit Turkey.

I will have the honour to lead Australia's official delegation to the 94th Anzac Day commemorative services on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Australia and Turkey attach great significance to commemorating the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

My visit provides the opportunity to personally express Australia’s ongoing thanks to the Turkish authorities for the close cooperation and excellent support provided to Australia for Anzac Day commemorations.

On Friday, 24 April, I will attend international commemorations including the Turkish International Serivce, French Memorial Service, and the Commonwealth Memorial Service.

I will also support the young Australian players at the Australia-Turkey U16 men’s friendly soccer game at Cannakkale. Following the football I will open the Turkish Australian Cultural Centre at the Cannakle 18 March University.

On Saturday 25 April, I will speak on behalf of the Australian Government at the Anzac Day Dawn Service and the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine. I will also attend the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service and the New Zealand Memorial Service at Chanuk Bair.

I look forward to sharing the Anzac experience with the many Australians who will participate in this year’s commemorations.

I encourage all Australians travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day to register on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) smartraveller website. DFAT has also published a special travel bulletin for those attending Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli. This can also be found on the smartraveller website.