Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Land in Melbourne for AUSMIN
Melbourne, Vic (News4us.com) November 9, 2010
Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met in Melbourne on 8 November 2010 for the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
The talks marked the 25th anniversary of AUSMIN and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The 2010 AUSMIN confirmed the enduring value of the Australia-US Alliance and its adaptability in meeting contemporary and evolving strategic challenges.
Australia and the United States reaffirmed their shared commitment to the international effort in Afghanistan.
Australia and the United States reaffirmed that strengthened architecture in the Asia-Pacific region is fundamental to security and economic prosperity. Both countries welcomed the expansion of the East Asia Summit (EAS), to include the participation of the United States from 2011. The United States welcomed Australia’s leading role as an advocate for strengthened regional institutions, and for a more significant role for the EAS.
Recognising that strong cooperative mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region are fundamental to global stability and prosperity, Australia and the United States pledged to collaborate further on regional security matters, including through bilateral consultations on the US Global Force Posture Review and by enhancing their bilateral dialogue on East Asia.
Australia and the United States are committed to working together to help shape international norms to advance vital shared interests in the domains of sea, airspace and outer space as well as to advance important matters related to cybersecurity.
The joint Communique released by the Department of Defence further covers US/Australian based relations concerning Global Challenges, 21st Century Security Challenges, Global Economy and International Development, Regional Challenges and Opportunities and Defence Cooperation.
A full transcript of the press release can be found at: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/smithstatementstpl.cfm?CurrentId=11039
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