It is a very important step, not only for Australia and the European Union.
We are far (geographically) but we are like-minded on basically everything we do in our regions and globally.
We share common interests and a common approach to international cooperation and our strong commitment, our joint commitment, to a rules-based global order.
I am sure that this agreement will be of high significance for our people but also for those who are in-between Australia and the European Union geographically and for all those who in the world are committed to a multilateral system based on cooperation.
So, I am very happy we are signing this today and this is – I believe – also the first step towards further agreements; we are looking forward to working on the launching of further negotiations of a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Australia.
So, we will continue to work together towards that objective.
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