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U.S. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty With Australia


Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 16, 2013

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Today’s entry into force of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and Australia enables American and Australian troops to get the best technology in the fastest way possible.

It will expand our reach and help defend our interests around the world.

The creation of an approved community of users makes it easier for our two defense industries to collaborate in developing and fielding new technologies.

Australia is already a significant defense trade partner of the United States and one of our closest allies, and this treaty deepens our relationship even further.



PRN: 2013/0571

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