Defence Minister Ron Mark meets his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper

Minister of Defence Ron Mark is in the United States discussing the two countries' defence relationship and wider Indo-Pacific security issues. He met his U.S. counterpart, Mark Esper, on Saturday.

The focus of the meeting was the challenges New Zealand and the US shared in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as global security events in the Middle East, Minister Mark said in a statement.

It was an "excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners", he said.

Minister Mark also visited the United Nations headquarters in New York and met with under-secretary general Rosemary DiCarlo and under-secretary general Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

They talked about UN policy and activities in the Indo-Pacific and how New Zealand can make meaningful contributions to peacekeeping.

In Washington, the Minister took part in a roundtable at the Climate and Security centre with secretary for veterans affairs Robert Wilkie and deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger.

Minister Mark’s next stop is Honolulu for his first visit to the US Indo-Pacific Command where he will meet Commander Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Philip Davidson to discuss the New Zealand-US defence relationship and Indo-Pacific regional security issues.

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