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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary Shanahan’s Meeting with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull

Feb. 22, 2018

Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis provided the following readout:
On February 22, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a bilateral meeting to discuss our robust defense relationship as well as the common strategic challenges we face.
The leaders discussed our shared objectives and the strong alignment between the United States and Australia in addressing strategic challenges.  Secretary Shanahan highlighted the National Defense Strategy and the Department's commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, and to our allies and partners.
Secretary Shanahan and Prime Minister Turnbull also reaffirmed their continued commitment and support to address the threat from ISIS and other extremist groups, particularly in Southeast Asia.
The leaders reflected on our strong alliance and 100 years of standing shoulder to shoulder during every major conflict since World War I.