Deputy Prime Minister meeting with US Secretary of Defense

Department of Defence

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP, was hosted by the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, at the Pentagon today.

Both leaders reaffirmed the importance of the Australia-United States Alliance and their shared resolve to preserve the rules based global order that underpins our security and prosperity.

“The Alliance is founded on an enduring friendship, common vision, and shared experience over seven decades,” Deputy Prime Minister Marles said.

“This common vision includes a determination to deter aggression, counter coercion and ensure the rule of law, not the rule of power, governs conduct between states.

“Secretary Austin and I are committed to ensuring the Alliance evolves to meet the challenges of a tougher strategic environment, including through increasing our technology and capability cooperation and our ambitious force posture plans.”

Both leaders also acknowledged the critical importance of enhancing their diplomatic, economic and security investments in the Indo‑Pacific, including addressing the threat of climate change.

“Secretary Austin and I both recognise the importance of working closely with our allies and partners to bolster the resilience of the Indo-Pacific region and its institutions,” Deputy Prime Minister Marles said.

“We also reaffirmed our commitment to the AUKUS trilateral partnership, whereby I highlighted the Australian Government’s steadfast resolve to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and ensure Australia will be a responsible steward of nuclear technology.”

The Hon Richard Marles MP is in the United States of America for his first visit as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence.

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