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USD(P) Dr. Colin Kahl Meets New Zealand Secretary of Defence Andrew Bridgman

March 24, 2022

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. Colin Kahl, met with New Zealand’s Secretary of Defence Andrew Bridgman today at the Pentagon.  Dr. Kahl and Secretary Bridgman reaffirmed the strong defense relationship between the United States and New Zealand.  They discussed the situation in  Ukraine, shared perspectives on the strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific, and explored opportunities for future U.S.-New Zealand cooperation to achieve common defense and security interests. 
 
Dr. Kahl thanked New Zealand for its humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine.  The Department of Defense greatly values the close and enduring partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force.