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November 2010

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Gates, Clinton Discuss Partnership

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed their cooperation with each other and answered questions about countering global terrorism in a recent television interview. Story

U.S. Open to Talks on Presence in Iraq

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9, 2010 - It will be up to the Iraqis, if they believe it necessary, to ask the United States to keep troops in Iraq beyond the 2011 deadline, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his visit to Malaysia. Story

Secretary Cites New Ways to Engage

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Malaysia, including opportunities to expand a 25-year military partnership in ways that benefit both countries and the entire region. Story

U.S. Has ‘Strong Friends’ in Extremism Fight

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9, 2010 - The United States has “strong friends” in the global fight against al-Qaida extremists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his visit to Malaysia. Story

Gates Arrives in Malaysia to Bolster Ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Malaysia to acknowledge contributions that nation is making in the immediate region and beyond, and to explore ways to broaden the two countries’ military-to-military relationship. Story

U.S., Australia Agree to Initiatives

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 8, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced the establishment of a working group to develop options for enhanced U.S.-Australian cooperation and signed a partnership agreement with his Australian counterpart that will provide improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Story

Gates Calls Iran, China Trends Encouraging

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 8, 2010 - The United States is seeing signs that sanctions against Iran are starting to have an impact, and, while working to strengthen its relationship with China, will maintain the right to navigate in international waters, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story

Gates Discusses U.S. Plans in Afghanistan

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 8, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he hopes the Taliban think July of next year is an end date for U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan. Story

Congress Should Welcome Efficiencies

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 7, 2010 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that the new Congress will support his efficiency initiatives, while expressing hope the lame-duck Congress will pass the new arms reduction treaty and repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Story

U.S.-Australia Alliance Still Critical

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 7, 2010 - Asia’s security environment presents a new and complex mix of challenges that make the U.S.-Australia alliance as critical today as any time in its history, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a jointly by-lined opinion article published in an Australian newspaper. Story

U.S. Seeks Stronger Relations in Asia

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 6, 2010 - Arriving in Melbourne, Australia, for a summit aimed at strengthening the U.S.-Australia alliance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called it part of a broader, inclusive U.S. effort to strengthen security relationships throughout the region. Story

Summit Sets Up Closer U.S.-Australia Ties

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Nov. 6, 2010 - Enhanced military activities, closer cooperation in space and cybersecurity, and possibly a larger U.S. military presence in Australia are expected to be on the agenda as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen head to Melbourne, Australia. Story