Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith for this year’s Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in San Francisco, California on Thursday, September 15, 2011. This AUSMIN will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty and Secretaries Clinton and Panetta will host their Australian counterparts at the historic Presidio, the site of the signing of the treaty in 1951. Among the topics on the agenda will be a discussion of challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, ways to improve and deepen Alliance cooperation, and issues affecting global security.
At the conclusion of the day's discussions, Secretaries Clinton and Panetta will join Ministers Rudd and Smith for a joint press conference:
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
Presidio Golden Gate Club Ventana Room
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA
Preset time for video cameras: 12:00 noon at the Taylor Street Parking Lot
Final access time for all press: 1:00 p.m. at the West Wing’s Main Entrance
Bureau of East Asia and Pacific
Bureau Public Affairs
Office of Press Relations
Media representatives who plan to attend must present one of the following press credentials: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on original letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).