Update: In this article it’s even repeated that like the NATO deal it is non- binding! Why the hell sing anything if it is non binding!
Don’t worry, like the NATO treaty it’s only symbolic!
Defence relations between the United States and New Zealand are set to warm even more with the signing in Washington today of a new defence co-operation pact.
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones are due to be welcomed to the Pentagon this morning by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.
Dr Coleman and Mr Panetta will sign a document similar to the 2010 Wellington Declaration between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Murray McCully establishing what they called a “new strategic partnership.”
The new defence pact is thought to be a similarly symbolic agreement rather than binding one, but will specify areas of enhanced co-operation in the Pacific and commit to a regular high-level dialogue on defence matters.