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UK strengthens diplomatic ties with new WA post

The UK will re-establish key diplomatic posts in Perth to strengthen trade and investment ties with Australia and the Pacific.

The UK strengthens trade ties between Australia and the Pacific by reestablishing a diplomatic base on the West Coast for the first time in 20 years.

The British High Commission in Canberra says its diplomatic presence in Western Australia will boost trade and investment as the UK doubles the number of High Commissions across the region.

The diplomatic post will take the form of a consul general and will be placed in Perth about 20 years after the previous post closed, it said.

The new West Coast Consul General will be supported by a team of eight existing staff in Perth.

The announcement comes on the heels of a visit by Amanda Milling, the UK’s Minister for Asia and the Middle East, who will launch a regional tour of Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu on Monday.

The British High Commission said the visit would underscore Britain’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific “in the light of its brutal aggression against Ukraine”.

“We may be geographically distant, but when it comes to shared values, history, economic and security ties, the UK’s partnerships with Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu couldn’t be closer. There will be nothing,” Milling said ahead of the visit.



UK strengthens diplomatic ties with new WA post

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