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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama’s Call with Australian Prime Minister Rudd and former Prime Minister Gillard

Earlier today from Air Force One, the President called Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia. In his call with Prime Minister Rudd, the President congratulated the Prime Minister on his return to office.  The President also reiterated the enduring strength of the U.S.-Australia alliance and his confidence that the United States and Australia will continue to work together closely on important global and regional issues.  The two leaders also discussed the importance of completing the high standard Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.  In his call with former Prime Minister Gillard, President Obama thanked her for her warm friendship and close partnership in deepening cooperation between the United States and Australia, and he wished her well in her future endeavors.