Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a bilateral meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in the Treaty Room on September 17, 2010. The Secretary welcomed her colleague and friend back to the Department of State in his new capacity as foreign minister, and highlighted the long and deep relationship between the United States and Australia. Secretary Clinton emphasized that their meeting was a continuation of the extraordinary partnership between the countries.
The Secretary announced that she will be traveling to Australia for the first time as Secretary of State in November. She will travel with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to participate in the Australia-U.S. ministerial, where they will meet with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the first such meeting between the United States and Australia.
Secretary Clinton thanked the foreign minister for Australia's continuing sacrifice and contributions in Afghanistan. She said that they discussed a wide variety of issues, including the dire humanitarian crisis occurring in Pakistan. Secretary Clinton said, "The minister arrived here from Pakistan, where he surveyed the damage from the devastating floods. And he and I will both be attending a meeting about Pakistan at the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly week on Sunday night. What Australia has done in terms of its commitment to Pakistan is exemplary, and now we have to make sure that the money gets to the people and alleviates the suffering that they are experiencing and helps with the reconstruction."
She continued, "There are so many matters that are of mutual interest, from developing new technologies for clean energy to addressing climate change, halting nuclear proliferation, countering the threat of terrorism, and so much else. So I am delighted to have renewed my partnership and friendship with Kevin."
You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.