US President Joe Biden called new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Sunday to congratulate him on his election victory and underscore the strength of their countries’ alliance, the White House said. The two leaders will meet at the Quad Group summit in Tokyo on Tuesday, and the White House congratulated Albanese for deciding to make the trip.
“President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to the U.S.-Australia alliance and his intention to work closely with the new government to make it even stronger,” he said in a statement. . “President Biden expressed his deep appreciation for the Prime Minister-designate’s early commitment to the alliance, reflected in his decision to travel almost immediately to Tokyo to attend the Quad Summit.”
This is “a vital opportunity to exchange views and continue to foster practical cooperation in the Indo-Pacific,” the statement added, using the administration’s term for the Asia-Pacific region. Peaceful.
The Quad, comprising Australia, Japan, India and the United States, is a loose grouping established during Washington’s efforts to strengthen its regional leadership and counter an increasingly muscular Chinese military and commercial presence.
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