Thursday, April 09, 2009

Secretary Clinton co-hosts Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations

Today Hillary co-hosted the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Meeting (AUSMIN) with Defense Secretary Gates.

They welcomeded Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith to the U.S. State Department.

The leaders met to mark the 24th anniversary of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations which forge alliances in strategic, security, military and foreign policy fields.

They began the meeting seated a long table. Hillary of course, leading the way right in the center. The press got in and asked some questions...

Hillary even got a "Yes, Ma'am" from an Admiral. Watch below:

After the meeting, Hillary answered reporters questions during a news conference with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in the Franklin Room at the State Department.

Read their full remarks here or watch below:

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