Secretary Pompeo Reaffirms Strong Ties to Australia

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne participate in a joint press availability at the Hoover Institution at Stanford U
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne participate in a joint press availability during AUSMIN in Palo Alto, CA.

Secretary Pompeo Reaffirms Strong Ties to Australia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis hosted Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne on July 23-24 for the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Dating back to 1985, AUSMIN is the principal forum for bilateral consultations between the United States and Australia. Both countries take turns hosting the consultations. Through these meetings, we deepen our bilateral political and security cooperation and advance joint efforts to address pressing regional and global issues. 

This 28th AUSMIN was an important opportunity to further strengthen our alliance. The relationship between the United States and Australia is built around the most fundamental values – our shared commitments to freedom, democracy, and a rules-based order for the world – and cemented in bonds of shared sacrifice in past wars and continuing conflicts today. This year marks a century since the U.S.  and Australian forces first fought side by side at the Battle of Hamel in 1918. As noted by the Joint Statement by the United States and Australia, “From the battlefields of Europe to this contested century, there are no greater friends than Australia and the United States.”

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo poses for a family photo with (L to R) Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Palo Alto, California on July 23, 2018. (State Department photo)

Throughout AUSMIN, the Secretaries and Ministers exchanged ideas on how to address critical challenges in our relationships regionally and globally. From welcoming talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea to engaging China and encouraging it to play a more constructive role in the Indo-Pacific, to our efforts to defeat ISIS, we are working closely with Australia to promote peace and stability around the globe. Secretary Pompeo expressed deep appreciation of Australia’s strong support for the pressure campaign against the DPRK stating, “The United States and Australia speak with one voice also in calling for a final, fully verified, denuclearized North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim. Australia has been a great supporter.”

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne participate in a joint press availability at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Palo Alto, California on July 24, 2018. (State Department photo)

At AUSMIN, Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the U.S.-Australia alliance in his remarks at a joint press availability, stating, “We’re proud to call Australia one of our best friends and strongest allies. They’re truly that all across the world, and we will continue to work closely together on a range of key bilateral and global issues.”

About the Author: Sojin Kim serves in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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