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Partners Across the Globe: NATO Signs Partnership Pact With Australia

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 21, 2013

NATO and Australia reinforce partnership with new cooperation programme

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Meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Minister of Defence of Australia, John Faulkner, in 2010

NATO and Australia reinforced their partnership and set out their priorities for future cooperation by signing an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP) on Thursday 21 February. This further enhances NATO’s partnership with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

“NATO and Australia are already strong partners. With this agreement, our partnership will become even stronger,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after he signed the IPCP with Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith.

The signature follows and complements the Joint Political Declaration between NATO and Australia which was signed by the Secretary General and Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 14 June 2012 in Canberra.

The Declaration, which was the first of its kind NATO signed with a partner nation, underlined the interest shared by NATO and Australia in forging a closer strategic partnership…

The IPCP takes that commitment forward and sets out in detail more areas for future cooperation.

Australia is one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the ISAF operation in Afghanistan. It has also committed to the follow-on mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces once ISAF is completed at the end of 2014 and has joined the process of planning that mission.

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  1. rosemerry
    February 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

    As an Aussie, I am disgusted with the US-pandering attitude of Australia, a country close to important Asian trading partners yet continuing the encouragement of US imperialism and world conflict in the Naked Aggression Terrorist Ogre NATO.

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