Kerry, Obama commend Anzac courage

  • 22/04/2016
John Kerry and Barack Obama (Reuters)
John Kerry and Barack Obama (Reuters)

By Peter Mitchell

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid tribute to members of the Australian and New Zealand military, noting their bravery from the shores of Gallipoli to the current assault on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Mr Kerry also noted in his Anzac Day message that Australia, New Zealand and the US are working together in the Asia Pacific to ensure regional stability.

"On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the American people, it gives me great pleasure to extend our warmest regards and best wishes to the people of Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day," Mr Kerry said.

"This April 25, we honour the memory of all the brave Australians and New Zealanders who have served and perished since the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the shores of Gallipoli 101 years ago.

"Over a century later, the United States is proud to partner with Australia and New Zealand in continuing the legacy of Anzac.

"US, Australian, and New Zealand troops have stood side-by-side in support of Afghan security and stability.

"As part of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, they are working together to build the capacity of our Iraqi partners, who have liberated more than 40 per cent of the land once controlled by ISIL and are continuing to advance."