Joint media release:

  • The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence

18 September 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith will hold Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Dr Robert Gates in Australia in November.

This year is the 25 th anniversary of the first AUSMIN talks, held in Canberra in 1985.

AUSMIN is the premier forum for strengthening alliance cooperation on foreign policy, defence and strategic matters.

It is scheduled annually, with the venue alternating between Australia and the United States. The last AUSMIN was held in Washington on 9 April 2009.

AUSMIN 2010 follows Mr Rudd’s meetings in Washington this week with Secretary Clinton and other senior members of the Obama Administration.

AUSMIN 2010, the third AUSMIN meeting since November 2007 and the second with the Obama Administration, reflects the enduring strategic importance of the Alliance.

Australia’s Alliance with the United States continues to be the bedrock of Australia’s defence, security, and strategic arrangements.

Australia works in close partnership with the United States to advance shared security interests in the region and globally.

Both countries are committed to military and civilian efforts in Afghanistan to prevent it from again becoming a base for international terrorism, and are working closely in the Asia-Pacific region to promote peace and prosperity.

Mr Rudd and Mr Smith’s discussions with Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates in Canberra will further advance the close cooperation under the Australia-US Alliance.

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