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US Secretary of State Clinton visits Melbourne



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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

US Secretary of State Clinton visits Melbourne

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today will welcome US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Melbourne as she arrives for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations.

Minister Rudd said Secretary Clinton’s visit will underline the enduring nature of the Alliance between Australia and the United States, and progress our bilateral cooperation.

“I’m delighted to welcome Secretary Clinton to Melbourne today. Secretary Clinton is a true friend of Australia.

“The Australia-US Alliance is fundamental to our nation’s foreign policy, defence and security arrangements. It is vital to Australia’s national interests.

“I look forward to discussing with Secretary Clinton how Australia and the United States can work together to advance our common interests in relation to regional and global strategic challenges, as well as our goals on international development,” said Mr Rudd.

This is Secretary Clinton’s first visit to Australia as Secretary of State. Secretary Clinton will be in Melbourne for three days, as part of AUSMIN, where she joins Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith.

“People-to-people links between our two nations are strong and growing all the time. Australians and Americans cooperate and innovate in virtually every field of human endeavour, from scientific research to sport and the creative arts.

“It is the role of governments to nurture these ties that benefit not only Australia and the United States, but the international community.

“The United States remains an ongoing force for good in the world - providing strategic stability, supporting economic prospects and providing humanitarian intervention whenever these needs arise,” said Mr Rudd.

MELBOURNE 6 NOVEMBER 2010