Statement from the Government of Nauru – Re state visit to Australia

His Excellency President Baron Waqa MP will depart for Australia tomorrow for a historic state visit, the first by a Nauruan president for over 20 years.

First Lady Madam Louisa Waqa and senior officials will accompany the President on the four-day visit.

President Waqa will meet in Sydney with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP and the Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley.

In Canberra His Excellency will tour the Mount Majura Solar Farm and discuss renewable energy with senior management, visit the Australian War Memorial to lay a wreath, and be officially welcomed at Government House by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove.

The program will also include meetings with several senior ministers and Opposition MPs and the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey.

The invitation by the Australian Government to His Excellency reflects the close relationship of the two nations over many years and the ongoing friendship and cooperation between Nauru and Australia.