14 Feb 2018

Defence Secretary praises partnership with Australia

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited Australia to discuss reinforcing the modern partnership.

In his first trip to Australia in his role as Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Williamson met his counterpart, Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, in Sydney. They examined how both allies can continue to adapt in the face of cyber-attacks and nuclear threats from North Korea and how best to counter global terrorism.

The Defence Secretary also met the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, in Canberra to discuss new defence export opportunities as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

Mr Williamson said: “Britain and Australia both face intensifying, complex and evolving threats to our way of life. That is why it is so important our two countries stand side-by-side to stay ahead of those who want to harm us.

“Two Royal Navy warships, HMS Sutherland and HMS Argyll, are heading to the region to continue the pressure campaign on North Korea, demonstrating Britain’s role on the international stage.

“We have a long and historic relationship with Australia but today we are modern, equal, and global powers with shared values and a commitment to make the world a safer place.”

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