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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Mattis' Call with Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne

Jan. 24, 2017

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke by phone today with Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne to discuss the U.S.-Australia defense relationship. Secretary Mattis thanked Minister Payne for Australia's support to counter-ISIL operations in the Middle East, as well as for Australia's continued contributions in Afghanistan. Secretary Mattis was encouraged by progress with force posture initiatives, including the recent signing of a cost-sharing arrangement.  Secretary Mattis looks forward to discussing this and other issues in more detail when they meet.