BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter are meeting with their Australian counterparts in Boston to discuss security and trade issues.

Tuesday’s talks with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne will focus on the alliance between the two countries and on future regional and global coordination — including in the Asia-Pacific region.

The discussions also will focus on ongoing efforts to counter violent extremism, with a spotlight on the future of Afghanistan and the coalition to defeat the Islamic State group.

Kerry and the Australians briefly visited the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where a 2013 terrorist bombing killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

(Courtesy: Boston Athletic Association)

(Courtesy: Boston Athletic Association)

Other topics include the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement trade deal and the response to the humanitarian crises in the Middle East.

Following an afternoon press conference, Kerry also plans to give a talk at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge.


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