General James Mattis, Commander U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) arrived in New Zealand today and will visit until 13 August. This is part of a regional tour that includes visits to other nations that contribute forces in Afghanistan - Tonga and Australia.
While in New Zealand General Mattis will meet with the Minister of Defence Dr Jonathan Coleman and conduct talks with senior officials.
Prior to becoming Commander, USCENTCOM General Mattis served as both NATO"s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from 2007-2009 and as Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command from 2007-2010. General Mattis" current area of responsibility includes the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia and his visit provides an opportunity to discuss recent developments in these areas.
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