Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting With Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
Secretary Hagel met with Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston this morning at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. This was their first face-to-face meeting since Minister Johnston recently assumed his new position in the Australian Government.
Secretary Hagel reaffirmed the strong U.S.-Australia alliance, the importance of deepening U.S.-Australian defense cooperation across a range of security challenges, and the value of the rotational U.S. military presence in Australia.
The secretary expressed deep appreciation for Australia's contributions to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, and is looking forward to next month's Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation (AUSMIN) in Washington.