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Joint statement on Australia - New Zealand - United States Pacific Security Cooperation Dialogue



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Joint Statement on Australia - New Zealand - United

States Pacific Security Cooperation Dialogue

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Joint Statement

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

June 7, 2018

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States

of America, the Government of Australia, and the Government of New Zealand on the

occasion of the inaugural Australia - New Zealand - United States Pacific Security

Cooperation Dialogue.

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On June 6 and 7, Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Matthews with Australian First Assistant

Secretary Daniel Sloper and New Zealand Assistant Secretary Andrew Needs led the

inaugural Australia - New Zealand - United States Pacific Security Cooperation Dialogue at

the Department of State in Washington, DC.

The Pacific Security Cooperation Dialogue is a trilateral forum that brings together civilian

and military representatives from the three governments to discuss a wide range of security

issues and identify areas to strengthen cooperation with Pacific Island countries on

common regional challenges. The Dialogue complements bilateral discussions each

participating country has with Pacific Island countries. Delegations included officials from

the three governments responsible for foreign affairs, defense, law enforcement, coast

guard, homeland security, development and trade.

Dialogue participants reaffirmed a common interest in the prosperity, stability and security

of the Indo-Pacific region, and their shared Pacific neighborhood. All three countries

emphasized the importance of strengthened cooperation with Pacific Island countries,

including in the context of Pacific Islands Forum initiatives to enhance regional peace,

stability and prosperity.

The Dialogue identified opportunities for enhanced collaboration among trilateral partners,

Pacific Island countries and regional organizations on a range of targeted areas, including:

strengthening port security in support of open trade and commerce; increasing maritime

domain awareness in the Pacific through enhanced information sharing; supporting the

Australia Pacific Security College and associated opportunities for building institutional

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capacity and cooperative links; combatting transnational organized crime; and military-to-

military cooperation. The next round of the Pacific Security Cooperation Dialogue is

expected to be held in Canberra, Australia in May 2019.

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