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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence - Joint Media Release - AUSMIN 2013

18 November 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today

announced that they will travel to the United States to participate in the 2013 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Washington on 20 November.

AUSMIN will be hosted by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

AUSMIN is the premier forum for strengthening bilateral cooperation on foreign policy,

defence and strategic matters between Australia and the United States. Minister Bishop’s

and Senator Johnston’s discussions with Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of

Defense Hagel will bring renewed focus to a relationship that continues to advance

shared security interests in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.

“I look forward to our meeting in Washington as an opportunity to reaffirm the close and

enduring ties between Australia and the United States,” Ms Bishop said. “Australia’s

Alliance with the United States is the foundation of Australia’s defence, security, and

strategic arrangements.”

“At AUSMIN, I look forward to discussing prospects for enhancing our regional defence

engagement, including through the US force posture initiatives in northern Australia. We

will explore opportunities for enhancing our close defence cooperation on capability and

technology developments, including in new and emerging areas such as space,” said

Senator Johnston.

Media contacts:

Foreign Minister’s Office: (02) 6277 7500

Defence Minister’s Office: (02) 6277 7800