Monday, June 24, 2024

Australian Deputy PM crosses ditch for defence talks

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Richard Marles, will visit New Zealand this week.

The Australian Deputy leader is set to meet with Ministers Carmel Sepuloni; Andrew Little and Grant Robertson.

“This visit will build on Australia and New Zealand’s shared security interests, long-standing links between our peoples and the enduring spirit of ANZAC,” Mr Marles said today.

“As our region is being reshaped, our partnership is more important than ever. We will continue to ensure our bilateral engagement is responsive and fit-for-purpose.”

He said Australia and New Zealand shared an ambition for a secure, stable and prosperous Pacific region.

“Australia is committed to working with New Zealand to respond to challenges in the Pacific, including mitigating the effects of climate change, and strengthening maritime security to support the Pacific Family,” he said.

“We have an ambitious agenda to deepen our defence cooperation to ensure we remain capable and effective in responding to our region’s multi-faceted security challenges.”

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