Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles will travel to Nepal today as part of a three country visit that includes Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Korea.
Mr Marles said he was looking forward to discussions with the Government of Nepal on the steps they are taking to consolidate peace, stability and democracy.
"This visit is also an opportunity to see the way Australia's development assistance is making a real difference to people's lives in Nepal," Mr Marles said.
"AusAID's program in Nepal is supporting services in basic education and health, rural livelihoods and governance reform," Mr Marles said.
In Brunei, Mr Marles will meet senior Ministers to discuss Brunei's chairing of ASEAN and the East Asia Summit in 2013 and our bilateral links in defence, trade and education, recognising that Australia is the second most popular destination for Brunei students overseas.
During his visit to the Republic of Korea, Mr Marles will visit Australia's pavilion at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, the first international pavilion at EXPO to draw over one million visitors. He will also discuss Pacific regional issues with Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
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