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EU, Australia pledge closer cooperation on Doha Round, climate change
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09:11, April 03, 2008

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The European Union and Australia pledged Wednesday closer cooperation, especially in the Doha Round talks of the World Trade Organization, climate change and anti-terrorism.

"We face many common challenges in foreign and security, and trade and economic policy areas. In meeting these challenges we recognize the value of regular and frank dialogue and close cooperation," said a joint statement issued by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso following their meeting in Brussels.

"We believe our cooperation will exemplify how the international community must work together to achieve lasting solutions to our most difficult challenges," it said.

Both sides agreed to reaffirm their resolve to bring the Doha trade negotiations to a successful conclusion this year, said the statement.

They agreed to work closely together in implementing the Kyoto Protocol and forging a comprehensive post-2012 global agreement on climate change that will deliver the deep cuts in emissions the world requires.

Both sides would cooperate in the fight against terrorism, including tackling terrorist financing effectively and promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding.

The two sides are ready to intensify their negotiations to upgrade EU-Australia relations through a new Partnership Framework, including priorities for cooperation on international security, trade, development issues, the Asia-Pacific region, climate change and energy, science and education, aviation and movement of people, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the two sides promised to coordinate regularly on development and security issues in East Asia and the Pacific region, especially on issues such as climate change and deforestation.

Rudd is on his first major global visit since taking office last December, which has already taken him to the United States.


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