Ministers take four-nation diplomatic trip

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Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne will travel to Indonesia, India, South Korea and the US for talks on security and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trip to Jakarta, New Delhi, Seoul, Washington and New York comes ahead of Prime Minister Scott Morrison visiting the US capital later this month to meet with leaders of the "quad" group.

The ministers said the significant trip would be used to reinforce Australia's active engagement in the region.

"During our meetings and engagements across the four countries, we will discuss our continuing partnerships to overcome the pandemic, including through the equitable, safe and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and our shared path to global economic recovery," Senator Payne said.

The visit comes as the US and Australia mark the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.

"I am very much looking forward to meeting with my counterparts face-to-face to build on our already strong relationships and to discuss further our shared interests in keeping our region safe and secure," Mr Dutton said.

In Washington, the ministers will take part in the first Australia-United States Ministerial consultations with the Biden administration, joining Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

On the agenda will be the COVID-19 response and recovery, economic coercion, defence posture, climate, cyber and critical technology, space and supply chains.

Senator Payne will also travel to New York to attend the opening of the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

In Jakarta, the ministers will meet with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto.

The New Delhi talks will be with External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

On the Indian meeting agenda will be economic security, cyber security, climate, critical technology and supply chains.

The Seoul meetings will be with Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Minister for National Defense Suh Wook.

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