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Australia to enter formal partnership with NATO at summit

Sep 02, 2014    

Sydney Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger roll in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine.Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is due to host Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders at a G20 summit in November, has used a number of recent speeches to signal a more muscular approach to foreign policy.Although Australia is not a NATO member, its troops fought alongside the coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called the basis for an expanded partnership...

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