Joint media release

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

14 September 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith will participate in the next Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations on Thursday 15 September in San Francisco.

AUSMIN is the premier forum for advancing Australia-US Alliance cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

"Our 60 year Alliance is the cornerstone of Australia's foreign and security policy and one which has evolved over half a century to meet the current and future challenges of the Asia-Pacific century," Mr Rudd said.

"This year's AUSMIN meeting is steeped in historical significance – it marks the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty which was signed in San Francisco on 1 September 1951.

"AUSMIN 2011 will have a strong focus on our nations' shared political and security challenges, including the changing dynamics of the region. This is of particular significance leading up to the first East Asia Summit with US participation in November."

"Cybersecurity, as the key emerging transnational threat of the 21st century will be a key feature of AUSMIN 2011," Mr Smith said.

"Our ongoing cooperation in Afghanistan and Pakistan's geostrategic significance will also be discussed.

"We welcome US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to his first AUSMIN and look forward to meeting again with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton."

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