Kerry, Hagel in Sydney for Australia-US talks

2014-08-11 13:38
Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

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Sydney - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived Sydney Monday for annual ministerial meetings on security cooperation and international conflicts.

Hagel and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said their talks would focus on maritime security, ballistic missile defence, special forces, Afghanistan and the situation in Ukraine.

Kerry travelled to Australia from Myanmar with his counterpart Julie Bishop, after a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The talks are also expected to discuss the situation in Iraq and the threat posed by the militant Islamic State organisation.

Johnston said Australia is prepared to assist the US in Iraq, where it is carrying out airstrikes on militants.

Hagel said the campaign has been "very effective".

The US and Australia are expected to sign an agreement to expand US military presence in Australia's Northern Territory over the next 25 years, Hagel said.

"Its a win-win situation for both of us," he said.

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