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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 4, 2007

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Australia Alliance: Steadfast and Growing

      President Bush and Australian Prime Minister Howard Discuss U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty in Joint Press Availability
      APEC 2007

President Bush And Prime Minister Howard Today Reaffirmed The Strength Of The U.S-Australia AllianceThis pivotal Alliance, based on a long-shared history of standing together for freedom and democracy, is still growing stronger.

President Bush And Prime Minister Howard Signed A New U.S.-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty That Will Strengthen Our Already Robust AllianceThe treaty will reduce barriers to the exchange of defense goods, services, and information between Australia and the United States, increasing interoperability and providing our forces with the most effective means to counter new threats.  The Treaty will also help our respective defense industries share their rich technical expertise and increase collaboration and communication between the industries and armed forces.

Nowhere Is The Importance Of Strong U.S.-Australia Ties More Apparent Than In Iraq And Afghanistan.  Shortly after September 11, Prime Minister Howard invoked the ANZUS Treaty’s mutual defense provisions, deployed Australian troops to fight alongside American forces in the early combat phases in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Australia has been an unwavering supporter of the War on Terror ever since.  Australia now has more than 1,500 members of its armed forces committed to the war in Iraq and roughly 970 military personnel in Afghanistan.

President Bush And Prime Minister Howard Agreed On The Benefits Of Open Markets And The Need For An Integrated Approach To Climate Change, Energy Security, and Clean Development.

President Bush And Prime Minister Howard Committed To Support The Increasingly Strong Cultural And Personal Ties Of Our Two Nations.

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