Audrey Young writes:
The United States is poised to drop its ban on military exercises with New Zealand.
The move will be a significant step in a thaw in the NZ-US relationship that has accelerated since Barack Obama became President a little over a year ago.
The Weekend Herald understands it is likely to be announced next week when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, Kurt Campbell, visit New Zealand.
That is basically the end of the “hostilities” which has existed since 1985. It took 25 years, but common sense has prevailed. It has been silly to ban exercises between our military forces, yet have them fighting together in places like Afghanistan.
Presumably this means we are allies again, and not just very very very good friends
Mrs Clinton announced last year that intelligence-sharing co-operation between the two countries had also resumed.
In a further sign of the fast-track thaw, it is understood that President Obama has twice informally invited Prime Minister John Key to Washington.
The visit is likely to take place within six months.
Add on the progress on the free trade front, and you have to say very successful diplomacy from New Zealand.Tags: New Zealand, United States