Leon Panetta to visit NZ
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 9:22a.m.
US Secretary of Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will visit New Zealand next week, the Government has announced.
It will be the first visit by a US defence secretary in 30 years and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says it reflects "the excellent state of the relationship between our two countries".
Mr Panetta will hold talks with Dr Coleman and meet Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
He will lay a wreath at the Auckland World War 2 Hall of Memories.
Dr Coleman invited Mr Panetta to visit New Zealand after they signed a co-operation agreement in June.
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19/09/2012 11:18:30 p.m.
Obama administration monday and reauthorized the white houses ability to indefinitely detain american citizens without charge or due process? does country doesn't follow laws? it corrupts them! Remember few month back the US block a NZ Navy frigate? Remember the dead? has anyone one heard of 'mf global scandal'?
16/09/2012 9:23:22 p.m.
Ken Martin wrote:
Secretary Panetta hopes to mollify China, saying the US intends no threat to China, with the US expanding its military presence in the Pacific. Pull the other teat! The US wants to contain China, who has been spending up large in the Pacific, thus gaining increased influence. Spending thus is something America can no longer afford at their previous expenditure level. I note in passing that China continues to finance American military adventures by buying American debt. Both nations are hypocrites.
15/09/2012 10:49:14 a.m.
Kevin Hester wrote:
What on earth is this country coming too? we are now welcoming convicted Rapist Mike Tyson into the country to entertain us and a murderer like Leon Panetta, former director of the C.I.A. and advocate of torture as used in extrordinaty rendition of suspects and administrator of the C.I.A.'s own drone program that flies across international boundaries murdering individuals with no judicial process ( this is a recognised Act of War). New Zealand, we want nothing to do with the likes of these lowlifes. One thing is for sure, Panetts will want something for his visit. Whats the price we pay Mr Key and Mr McCully?
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