7th U.S. – New Zealand Defence Policy Dialogue 8/9 December 2020

11/12/2020 News

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, David F. Helvey, and Deputy Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning, Michael Swain, met virtually to conduct the annual U.S. – New Zealand Defence Policy Dialogue on 8 December (Washington) and 9 December (Wellington).

Officials reaffirmed their commitment to the bilateral relationship and agreed to advance defence and security cooperation on matters of common interest to support and defend the rules-based international order.

Officials emphasised the role of regional partners and multilateral institutions in maintaining a stable, secure and prosperous region.

They also discussed opportunities to engage with Southeast Asian and South Pacific partners to further strengthen relationships, build resilience, and address shared challenges to regional security including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, and climate change.

Finally, officials committed to enhance coordination, collaboration, and de-confliction on activities in the region to address existing and emerging security challenges, and to advance common interests.