The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will lead Australia’s representation at the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt during bilateral visits to the Middle East from 18 to 26 October.
The Governor-General will lay a wreath at the Australian Monument in El Alamein and pay respects to fallen Australian soldiers in the Commonwealth War Cemetery. In what was a significant turning point of World War II, Australians fought for four months at El Alamein and suffered almost 5,500 casualties – the highest number of Australian casualties in a ground campaign during the war.
In Egypt, the Governor-General will meet with the President, His Excellency Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Tomb of President Sadat, and meet with members of the Australian business community.
As part of a broader visit to the Middle East, and at the request of the Australian Government, the Governor-General will undertake significant bilateral visits to Jordan and Lebanon.
In Jordan, the Governor-General will reciprocate the recent visit to Australia by Their Majesties King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah with a program that will include a Ceremonial Welcome and lunch hosted by Their Majesties; a meeting with the Prime Minister; and visits to Australian supported humanitarian programs and a defence Joint Training Centre.
In Lebanon, the Governor-General will receive a Ceremonial Welcome from the President, His Excellency Mr Michel Naim Aoun, meet the President of the National Assembly and Prime Minister, and lay wreaths at the Commonwealth War Graves and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Martyr Square Monument. The Governor-General will also acknowledge the significant contribution of Australian Aid workers in the region and meet Lebanese and Syrian students supported by UNICEF as part of Australia’s funding to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis.
The Governor-General will also represent Australia at the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand at Phra Meru Mas in the Sanam Luang Grounds on 26 October.
The Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), will act in the position of Administrator of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Details of the Governor-General’s program will be made available at www.gg.gov.au.