9 Feb 2011

Defence ministers to discuss security in Asia-Pacific

5:20 pm on 9 February 2011

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp will hold talks with Australian counterpart, Stephen Smith in Wellington on Thursday.

The ministers are expected to discuss defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Mapp says both countries have a vested interest in promoting security and stability.

He says progress has been made in establishing a Pacific-focused Ready Response Force which could increase co-operation between the countries' sea and air capabilities.