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Australia Labor deputy Marles heading to Middle East

03:45  14 december  2019
03:45  14 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Federal Labor deputy leader Richard Marles is visiting Cyprus, Israel and Bahrain in the coming week.

Mr Marles, who is the opposition's defence spokesman, will visit the United Nation's protected area while in Cyprus, where he will receive briefings by Australian Defence personnel in the UN Peacekeeping Force .

"Australia has a proud history of participating in peacekeeping operations and Cyprus counts as one of the early UN missions we joined back in 1964," Mr Marles said in a statement on Saturday.

"While the nature of our presence has changed over the years, our continued involvement demonstrates Australia's commitment to doing our part as a good global citizen."

He will then travel to Israel to attend the International Institute for Strategic Leadership Dialogue alongside senior officials and business people, before moving on to Bahrain to visit the headquarters of the international maritime mission.

"During this visit I will be briefed on the joint operations announced earlier this year to provide security assistance in the Straits of Hormuz," he said.

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