With Burma taking positive steps towards a more open democracy and greater engagement with the region, Australia has revised its Burma sanctions list and reducing the number of individuals to whom it applies.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd departed for Indonesia yesterday where he will be meeting with his counterpart Dr Marty Natalegawa and other senior figures to discuss shared political, security, commercial, environmental and cultural issues.
The Australian Government yesterday announced new plans to impose additional sanctions in response to Iran's continuing non-compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on its nuclear program.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is travelling to Honolulu today to attend the 23rd annual APEC Ministerial Meeting. APEC currently accounts for 56 percent of the world's GDP and more than two-thirds of of Australia's trade in goods and services.