Gallagher, Courtney Lead Effort to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of ANZUS Alliance

September 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), co-chairs of the Friends of Australia Caucus, today introduced a resolution to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty. The treaty, which was signed on September 1, 1951, established a collective security agreement between the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia rooted in the countries’ shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and adherence to the rule of law. This bipartisan resolution also reaffirms congressional support for strengthening military, security, and economic relations among the U.S. and Australia.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). Click HERE for text of the resolution.

“As Australian Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie MP said, ‘the ANZUS alliance acts as a trellis: it gives shape and form to a shared vision of freedom.’ As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, we’re reminded that this shared vision is currently under threat," said Rep. Gallagher. "In the face of Chinese Communist Party aggression in the Indo-Pacific, our relationship with Australia is more important than ever. I’m proud to join Rep. Courtney in introducing this bipartisan resolution to both celebrate 70 years of mateship and renew our commitment to this critical alliance.” 

“Our countries came together seventy years ago to sign the ANZUS treaty in response to the rising threat of communism during the Cold War. Now, in 2021, our nations and our allies are again witnessing the spread of another threat to the post-World War II international world order as nations like China and Russia continue to flaunt maritime law, and as the Indo-Pacific becomes an increasingly intense point of focus for defending our collective security and interests. For seventy years, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have all made major contributions to uphold regional and global stability and to support our allies. On the 70th Anniversary of the ANZUS treaty, in an ever-changing world, we must recommit to remaining steadfast partners to protect the future prosperity and security of our countries,” said Rep. Courtney. 

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