- CNTV English - CCTV News

New Zealand, Australia reaffirm ANZAC defense cooperation

12-20-2011 12:39 BJT

WELLINGTON, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand and Australia will continue defense cooperation based on the ANZAC tradition, defense ministers of the two countries have reaffirmed.

In a telephone conversation over the weekend, Australian defense Minister Stephen Smith and New Zealand defense Minister Jonathan Coleman discussed trans-Tasman defense cooperation, said a New Zealand government statement Tuesday.

The ministers also discussed the ANZAC Ready Response Force, regional security and Australian and New Zealand defense reform programs.

"Australia and New Zealand have a strong defense relationship built on the ANZAC tradition," said Smith in the statement.

"This spirit of cooperation continues with combined operations currently in the Solomon Islands and East Timor, as well as our respective commitments to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Australia greatly values our capacity to work together."

Coleman said the defense relationship had always been good, but there were opportunities for closer cooperation with Australia through capability development and cost-efficient cooperation.

"Both of us look forward to exploring those opportunities," said Coleman.

Smith also congratulated Coleman on his appointment as minister for defense. Coleman took over from the retiring Wayne Mapp after New Zealand's general election last month.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, commemorated by both countries on April 25 every year to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ( ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

It more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.

The defense ministers would meet in person early next year, said the statement.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program