Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived in the United Kingdom on behalf of one of the four guest countries invited to the G7 Summit.
After arriving at the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton Airport on Friday morning (Friday evening AEST) after 9 o’clock, Morrison said, “It’s very difficult for Australia to land here in the UK today and participate in the G7 Plus dialogue. It’s an important place. ” News reported that thick fog had canceled his plans to land at Cornwall Airport.
“This is the third opportunity we have the privilege of being invited to be part of these discussions and there is a lot to be done on this agenda in Australia,” he said.
The G7 groups of wealthy democracies such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan have invited leaders from Australia, South Africa, South Africa and India to join.
“Australia has never been so important to sit around such a table,” Morrison said.
“To address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recession it caused, and the recovery we are building, especially within Australia, today’s economy is bigger than it was before the pandemic.”
The summit will help ensure “a rule-based order that not only protects our trade, but also protects our oceans and protects the ways countries around the world live and cooperate positively.” He said it would.
Australia is also about to enter into a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Authorities hope that Morrison will accelerate progress by meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the G7 ends on Sunday.
Farmers’ access to the UK has become an important issue in negotiations with British agricultural groups concerned about the flooding of Australian beef and lamb markets.
Australia has abandoned this claim, but the National Federation of Farmers estimates that 0.15 percent of all beef exports go to the United Kingdom.
Treasury Minister Simon Birmingham, who began negotiations when he held his trade portfolio, suggested that the deal was closed.
“It’s very close to the principle agreement on the terms of the free trade agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom,” he told Sky News on Friday.
Senator Birmingham said Australia considers access to agricultural markets to be crucial to any trade agreement.
“What we want is to have an absolutely as open market as possible for Australian commodities to enter without tariffs or quotas,” he said.
At the G7 Summit, Morrison will sit with other world leaders and attend sessions on health, economics and climate change during the weekend.
He is expected to meet US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and South Korean Moon Jae-in.
Morrison is not expected to make new climate commitments, but Australia is urged to support carbon tariffs on high-emission imports.
However, the Prime Minister believes that any form of carbon tariffs is against Australia’s national interests.
Morrison is keen to focus on future pandemics, business-led growth, free and fair trade, and preparation for an order based on international rules.
Prior to the meeting, the Prime Minister met directly with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Singapore is expected to be the second country to establish a non-quarantine travel bubble with Australia after New Zealand, but new arrangements remain months ahead.
The Prime Minister of Singapore said the travel bubble would not be approved until the majority of the populations of both countries were vaccinated.
Australia lags behind Singapore in the vaccination process, completely immunizing less than 3 percent of the adult population.
Just under half of Singapore’s 4.7 million population is fully vaccinated at both doses.
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