UK's Boris Johnson tours Sydney Opera House before meetings

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tours construction work underway at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of the countries' foreign and defense ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson poses for a photograph at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Secretary Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of UK and Australian Foreign and Defense Ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian pose for a photograph at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Secretary Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of UK and Australian Foreign and Defense Ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tours construction work underway at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of the countries' foreign and defense ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, center, poses for a photograph at the Sydney Opera House with New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian, left, Managing Director of construction company Laing O'Rourke Australia, Cathal O'Rourke, second left, Ben Nicol from Laing O'Rourke and CEO of the Sydney Opera House Louise Herron, right, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of UK and Australian Foreign and Defense Ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, tours construction work underway at the Sydney Opera House with CEO of the Sydney Opera House Louise Herron, left, and Ben Nicol from construction company Laing O'Rourke Australia, in Sydney, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Johnson is in Sydney to attend AUKMIN, the annual meeting of the countries' foreign and defense ministers. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool Photo via AP)

SYDNEY — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has toured the Sydney Opera House ahead of high-level bilateral security talks with Australian officials.

The former London mayor joined New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian in being shown ongoing upgrades to the opera house's Joan Sutherland Theatre that are being undertaken by British company Laing O'Rourke.

Wednesday's tour will be followed by a bilateral meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

On Thursday, Johnson and Bishop will be joined by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Australian Defense Minister Maris Payne for annual talks.

Johnson arrived in Sydney on Tuesday after visits to Japan and New Zealand.

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