EFESydney, Australia

Australia's prime minister announced that negotiations to reach a free trade agreement with the European Union will resume in the coming months, his office reported Thursday.

Anthony Albanese said that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had expressed a desire for the negotiations to restart during a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday.

"It will mean that there will be further talks as soon as October, but perhaps even sooner. We know that in order to progress the agreement, we want to see between now and March real progress," Albanese told reporters in Madrid, according to a transcript from his office released on Thursday.