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Maintaining Security and Economic Stability, Australia Prioritizes Helping Indonesia in the Corona Virus Pandemic

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News24xx.com - Australia's foreign aid strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic underwent renewal, which is now only focused on the first priority group of countries, namely Indonesia, Timor Leste, and the Pacific region.

The strategy outlined in the Partnership for Recovery program was released by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Friday (19 May), which sets a new approach in channeling Australia's development assistance in the next two years.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a preface to the document that Australia's neighboring countries experienced vulnerability to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

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"The growth, openness, and stability of the Indo-Pacific region that has supported Australia's prosperity and security for decades is now at risk," Foreign Minister Payne said in a document accessed by ABC.

"How our neighbors come out of this crisis will determine Australia's economic and strategic situation for the coming decades," he added.

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This change in approach places countries in the Pacific, Timor-Leste and Indonesia now nominated as "first-level priorities".

The Minister for International and Pacific Development in Australia, Alex Hawke, stated that these priority countries were the countries with the most partnerships and the ones that could have the most impact on Australia.





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