Australia signs new NATO partnership

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Published on August 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:32s

Australia signs new NATO partnership

Australia's Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sign a new joint partnership on Wednesday (August 7) to co-operate more closely.

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Australia signs new NATO partnership

Speaking to media in Sydney, Reynolds said that Australia would not be "rushed into a decision" on a request from the U.S. and the U.K. to join a global coalition to protect and secure the Strait of Hormuz from Iran.

Stoltenberg added on Wednesday (August 7) that NATO was concerned about the "destabilising activities of Iran in the region".

The U.S. has asked over 60 nations to provide assistance with the initiative in order to allow the safe and secure movement of commercial vessels through the strait.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday (August 6) that shipping might not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz, adding that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars."

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