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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.’s Phone Call with New Zealand Defence Force Chief of Defence Air Marshal Kevin Short


Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs

January 5, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joint Staff Spokesperson Navy Capt. Jereal Dorsey provided the following readout:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., spoke with New Zealand Defence Force Chief of Defence Air Marshal Kevin Short today by phone. 

The two military leaders discussed the ongoing illegal Houthi attacks on commercial vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea. Gen. Brown reiterated the U.S. desire to work with all nations who share an interest in upholding the principle of freedom of navigation and ensuring safe passage for global shipping. 

The leaders also discussed the regional security environment, with a focus on the Pacific Islands region, and explored areas for further collaboration and security cooperation.

The United States and New Zealand have a longstanding partnership focused on ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific around the globe.


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