NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

20 Jan. 2012

Australian Foreign Minister addresses the North Atlantic Council

The Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd visited NATO Headquarters on 20 January, met with Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero and addressed the North Atlantic Council for an exchange of views on the new strategic enviroment. He also discussed with Allies how to further deepen the partnership between the Alliance and Australia.

“The partnership between Australia and the Alliance is based on our shared principles, values, and a common vision of how international relations can promote peace and stability”, the Deputy Secretary General said. “Not surprising, it has developed into Australia becoming one of NATO’s foremost partners across the globe.  There has been a constant upgrade in our political consultations and practical cooperation”.

Allies thanked Foreign Minister Rudd for Australia’s sustained commitment to the Alliance’s ISAF operation in Afghanistan as the largest non-NATO troop contributor.

Last updated: 20-Jan-2012 16:16

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Visit to NATO by Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) 20. Jan. 2012 Left to right: Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) shaking hands with Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero (NATO Deputy Secretary General) 
Visit to NATO by Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) 20. Jan. 2012 Left to right: Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) with Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero (NATO Deputy Secretary General) prior to the bilateral meeting 
Visit to NATO by Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) 20. Jan. 2012 Centre left to right: Kevin Rudd (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia) with Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero (NATO Deputy Secretary General) in bilateral discussions