21 Oct 2012

Clinton, Panetta for defence talks in Perth

5:06 am on 21 October 2012

Australian defence minister Stephen Smith has confirmed that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Perth next month as part of defence talks between the two countries.

Ms Clinton and US defence secretary Leon Panetta will attend the Australia United States Ministerial Consultations on 14 November.

The annual AUSMIN talks are a major part of Australia's relationship with the US on foreign policy, defence and strategic matters.

It is understood the discussions will involve the future use of Stirling naval base at Perth's Garden Island, as well as US access to air bases in Australia's north.