Readout of Secretary of Defense Esper’s Meeting with NZ Minister of Defence Ronald Mark

New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark greets U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper with a traditional mãori hongi greeting of NZ after arrival in Auckland, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith).

U.S. Department of Defense
Aug. 5, 2019
News Release
Press Operations

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with New Zealand’s Minister for Defence Ronald Mark in Auckland today to discuss the U.S.-New Zealand defense relationship.

The two discussed shared collaboration on regional security issues, particularly in the Pacific Islands, and areas to strengthen U.S.-New Zealand defense cooperation.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith).

Secretary Esper expressed appreciation for New Zealand’s participation in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the D-ISIS Coalition, and participation in the multinational Enforcement Coordination Cell for United Nations Security Council Resolution on North Korea.

The leaders committed to deepening partnership on capability and capacity development along with interoperability to continue implementing our strategies in the Indo-Pacific.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith).
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith).
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with New Zealand Minister of Defence Ron Mark in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 5, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith).
A productive 1st visit by US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper to New Zealand where our strong ties & security cooperation with NZ has never been better, bolstering security in the Indo-Pacific region. (photo: with Leah Esper, SecDef Esper, & COL McAden. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State)
A productive 1st visit by US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper to New Zealand where our strong ties & security cooperation with NZ has never been better, bolstering security in the Indo-Pacific region. (photo: l-to-r…Leah Esper, SecDef Esper, COL McAden, & U.S. Ambassador Brown. Photo

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