WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this weekend were joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in introducing a Senate resolution to honor the 70th anniversary (September 1) of the signing of the Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, known as the ANZUS Treaty. In addition to celebrating the countries’ history of cooperation rooted in shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law, the bipartisan legislation also reaffirms congressional support for expanded opportunities that strengthen military, security, and economic relations among the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
“The 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty is a fitting time to recognize the United States-Australia alliance is a force for good in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. The United States remains committed to this alliance,” said Ranking Member Risch. “Over the last century, the armed forces of both Australia and New Zealand have made significant contributions to peace and security across the globe. We look forward to strengthening security collaboration among the United States, Australia, and New Zealand in the years ahead.”
“Today we introduce this bipartisan Resolution not only to honor the U.S.’ enduring partnership with Australia and New Zealand, but to celebrate our longstanding dedication to foster economic prosperity and safeguard our collective security,” said Chairman Menendez. “As we seek to confront current challenges to regional and global stability, public health, free and fair trade, and our ability to address climate change, we must continue to build upon our countries’ shared commitment to diplomatic, security, and scientific cooperation. I look forward to our future multilateral engagement to boost respective competitiveness on the world stage and support a free, open, and booming Indo-Pacific, unimpeded by economic coercion.”
“For the last 70 years, Australia and New Zealand have been trustworthy and valuable allies to the U.S. This year, we commemorate this long-lasting partnership and look forward to a shared bright future thanks to the continuation of the ANZUS treaty,” said Senator Durbin.
“The 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty is an opportunity to reflect on the shared victories and sacrifices the United States, Australia, and New Zealand have experienced as allies,” said Senator Blunt. “This resolution marks an important milestone as we continue building on the foundation the treaty has provided for the strong and enduring friendship between our countries. Together we will continue working to advance security and prosperity in each of our nations and throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”
A copy of the legislation can be found here.