Deputy Head of the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) came to Canberra for the Australia-France strategic defence dialogue [fr]
Rear Admiral Hervé Denys de Bonnaventure, Deputy Head of the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS), came to Canberra from 16th to 18th of May within the framework of the Australia-France strategic defence dialogue between France and Australia. These intense discussions dealt with various issues such as terrorism or cooperation in the Pacific Ocean.
From 16th to 18th of May, Deputy Head of Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS), Rear Admiral Hervé Denys de Bonnaventure came to Canberra for the strategic dialogue between the two countries. The strategic dialogue is an institutionalised but non formal dialogue based upon regular talks between two countries.
During his visit, the Rear-Admiral consulted with authorities from the Department of Defence’s International Policy Division, including his Australian counterpart First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division Scott Dewar, Military officers, other officials, and researchers.
The talks mostly dealt with strategic issues of common interest to France and Australia such as terrorism, the cooperation of the two countries in the Pacific, the Defence Industry and the new challenges to world order.
These meetings enabled both countries to reaffirm common points of view and to exchange information on the biggest strategic challenges and security issues, as well as to highlight the importance of the bilateral defence relationship one year after the signature of the increased strategic partnership between the two states and only a few weeks after the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to France on April 25, and that of the French President to Australia on May 2 2018.
The Rear Admiral also used the opportunity to visit the Australian War Memorial, where he was invited to lay a wreath during the Last Post Ceremony in honour of Australian soldiers who died in combat.