The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman spoke with Australian Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Kathryn J. Campbell today. The Deputy Secretary and DFAT Secretary discussed coordination of regional support for Tonga following the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami. They also highlighted their ongoing commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked military buildup. In addition, they discussed economic recovery and resilience in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as their resolve to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Secretary Campbell reiterated their commitment to continuing to advance peace, security, and prosperity to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.