Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 7, 2015


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense ­­­­­­Ashton Carter will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne on October 13 when they co-host the 2015 Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations in the Secretary's hometown of Boston, Mass.

The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss ways in which the two countries can expand and deepen Alliance cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Seventy-five years after the United States and Australia established diplomatic relations, 65 years into our alliance, and a decade into our free trade agreement, our common values and shared history form the foundation of a lasting partnership that remains crucial to addressing a range of global challenges.

For 30 years, AUSMIN consultations have provided an important forum to coordinate on a range of important issues.

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