Australian PM To Visit White House This Month

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Australian PM To Visit White House This Month

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to give a major foreign policy speech during a two day.

Washington, United States:  Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hold talks with President Barack Obama at the White House later this month, his first Washington visit since taking office.

Turnbull, who came to power in September, is expected to give a major foreign policy speech during a two day visit beginning January 18, followed by an Oval Office meeting with Obama, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Talks are likely to focus on the fight against the Islamic State group and ratification of the 12-nation trans-Pacific trade deal.

Australia recently began air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria as part of a US-led coalition.

Obama invited Turnbull to make an inaugural visit to the White House during a first meeting in Manila in November.

Turnbull will also address the Center for Strategic and International Studies on January 18 entitled "Australia and the United States: New Responsibilities for an Enduring Partnership."

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