Remarks With Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith Before Their Meeting
So, Mr. Minister, thank you for being here.
FOREIGN MINISTER SMITH: Well, Madame Secretary, thanks very much. It’s great to be back in Washington. I’m very pleased to conduct a formal bilateral meeting with you and very pleased that tomorrow we do the AUSMIN meeting with our respective defense colleagues. The AUSMIN meeting underpins the alliance. It’s an alliance that’s served us very well for over 60 years. It’s an indispensible part of our strategic security and defense arrangements. And you’re quite right; we see our alliance as a growing asset where we deal not just with bilateral and regional matters, but with global issues as well.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Exactly. Well, thank you very much.
FOREIGN MINISTER SMITH: So I’m very pleased to be here.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all.
FOREIGN MINISTER SMITH: Thank you.
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