London: The fight against Islamic State terrorists on the battlefield and online will top the agenda when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets his British counterpart Theresa May at 10 Downing Street.
On his first visit to Britain as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull will sit down with Ms May on Monday night Australian time to discuss the fight against IS, as well as cyber security and intelligence sharing issues.
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Discussing the submarine building project and a shared military history, Malcolm Turnbull meets French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr Turnbull will also meet with top officials from Scotland Yard, British spy agencies and visit the Borough Markets and London Bridge, where two Australians were murdered last month in the latest in a series of terror attacks carried out in Britain.
A meeting between Mr Turnbull, an avowed republican, and the Queen is also scheduled for late on Tuesday, Australian time.
Ahead of the meeting with Mr Turnbull, Ms May highlighted the strong ties between Australia and Britain and vowed “we will continue to stand together as close allies and firm friends against those who want to destroy our precious values and our way of life”.
“We are leading partners in the counter-Daesh [Islamic State] coalition, and as the fight moves from the battlefield to the internet we will work together to tackle the spread of Daesh’s hateful ideology online.”
Speaking in Paris on Sunday after a successful meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Turnbull said his meetings with Ms May would largely focus on national security.
In his week-long visit to Europe, Mr Turnbull has flagged plans to secure a free trade agreement with Indonesia by the end of 2017, and with the European Union by the end of 2019.
Two Australians died in the most recent terror attack in London. Photo: Alastair Grant
An “ambitious” post-Brexit free trade agreement between Britain and Australia will be the other key focus of this latest meeting, which comes just days after the G20 gathering in Hamburg.
Once Brexit negotiations are concluded, an Australia-Britain free trade deal will be a priority for both governments.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his British counterpart Theresa May met during the G20 gathering in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Andrew Meares
Ms May said both nations had made clear their intention to deepen the trade and investment relationship as Britain left the EU.
“Australia was the first country with whom the UK established a Trade Working Group following the Brexit vote, and we are keeping up a regular and productive dialogue on the future of our free trading relationship,” she said ahead of the meeting.
“I am clear that discussions on an ambitious and comprehensive bilateral trade deal with Australia remain a priority for the UK.”