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Confirmation of US Secretary of State.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER FA12 27 January 2005

CONFIRMATION OF US SECRETARY OF STATE

I warmly congratulate Dr Condoleezza Rice on her confirmation as Secretary of State. The United States Senate confirmed Dr Rice in her new position on 26 January 2005.

The Australian Government worked closely with President Bush’s first-term team including with Dr Rice in her role as National Security Adviser. I have held productive talks with Dr Rice on a number of occasions and we look forward to excellent cooperation and dialogue with the second Bush Cabinet.

As we face another challenging year for international affairs, Australia and the United States will again work closely to fight global terrorism and prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. I also look forward to working with Dr Rice as the United States continues its close and productive engagement with our region.

Finally, I would like to express the Australian Government’s appreciation for Colin Powell’s contribution to global affairs and to our bilateral relationship in his role as Secretary of State.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Mr Downer’s office) 0419 206 890 Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555

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