Today Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne attended the Counter-Daesh Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Washington.
The productive meeting focused on how the Coalition could accelerate and better co-ordinate efforts to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria and to stop the expansion of Daesh’s global networks.
As previously announced, as part of the increased campaign Australia will expand the scope of Building Partner Capacity mission to train Iraqi law enforcement agencies.
Australia has also authorised the deployment of an additional 15 ADF personnel to provide a counter rocket, artillery and mortar capability at Taji, which is currently being provided by another Coalition member.
Minister Payne also held bilateral meetings with her counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs Mohammed Al Bowardi and Minister Payne discussed our defence engagement and our shared commitment to defeating Daesh.
United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon and Minister Payne discussed Coalition operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region, including the ongoing importance of the Five Power Defence Arrangements.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Minister Payne discussed mutual commitment to defeating Daesh, the need for South China Sea claimants to seek to resolve their disputes peacefully in accordance with international law, and affirmed the importance of the Force Posture Initiatives.
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