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Islamic State, trade deals on Turnbull’s US agenda

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NATIONAL security, Islamic State and trade ties will top the agenda when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits the United States next week.

Mr Turnbull will head to Washington DC on January 18 and 19 for meetings with President Barack Obama and senior officials.

A statement from Mr Turnbull's office said he would underline Australia's commitment to the alliance with the US, in particular on the response to Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Turnbull said the two nations were closely linked, but above all shared the "same values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law".

Ratification of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will be on the table during the talks, despite likely struggles for President Obama to secure the deal's passage through the Republican-controlled Congress.

Mr Turnbull will give a speech on national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and speak to the US Chamber of Commerce about Australian investment opportunities.

After his first overseas visit to Japan, focussing on the two governments' shared innovation agenda, the issue is key for talks with America's top business figures at the chamber.

Mr Turnbull's visit follows President Obama's much-publicised invitation for the trip on the sidelines of the APEC conference last November.

Topics:  isis malcolm turnbull united states


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