Australian Treasurer comments on cooperation with U.S. military

16:45, April 30, 2010      

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Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said on Friday that military cooperation between Australia and the United States has never been closer.

Swan said that the U.S.-Australia relationship was close in terms of the military, but not greatly on the radar in other areas.

"There is no question in my mind, and I know from personal experience with dealing with both the former president Bush and his officials or if it's currently President Obama and his officials, that the military cooperation in Iraq between both countries has never been closer," Swan told Australian Associated Press.

"I believe that among decision-makers in America our commitment is evident and that we're regarded as perhaps their closest ally. The broader question is how much on the radar is Australia generally - well, it's not great," Swan said, adding "It's a big country. But we ... have the closest working relationship you can possibly have with an ally."

Swan gave his speech on Friday while he was addressing a lunch in Brisbane to raise funds for the Deployed Soldiers Welfare Association.

The association supported family and friends of soldiers serving abroad in the Australian Defense Force, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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