A number of federal cabinet ministers were reportedly summoned to a secret meeting in Canberra ahead of major international developments expected from the United States.
Some cabinet members were granted border clearance to fly to Canberra as soon as possible for Wednesday’s meeting, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have reported and quoted sources familiar with the development.
Secretary of Defense Peter Dutton and Secretary of State Marise Payne are in Washington for meetings and reportedly joined the meeting via a secure connection.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese and three other members of his front bench were also briefed on the sensitive issue, newspapers reported.
An announcement, which is important for the US and UK governments, is expected to be published at 07.00 Australian time on Thursday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison travels to Washington next week for a meeting of the Quad Alliance in the United States, India, Japan and Australia.
Quad is seen as the opposite of China’s growing confidence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Morrison will have talks with US President Joe Biden on security, terrorist threats, Afghanistan and climate issues, which the couple will discuss.
Australian Associated Press