Australia will step up its partnership with Nato as the country pursues a bigger role in combating global crises, from Ukraine to Iraq and Syria.
Although Australia is not a member of Nato its troops fought alongside the coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stressed was the basis for an expanded partnership in current and future conflicts.
Bishop told parliament, "Tomorrow the defence minister and I will travel to Wales to attend the Nato summit and I can confirm that Australia will be accepting a formal invitation to become what is called an enhanced partner."
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is due to host Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders at a G20 summit in November.
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