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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Call with Prime Minister Gillard of Australia

Today, President Obama was pleased to call Julia Gillard to offer his congratulations on her successful formation of a government and becoming the new Prime Minister of Australia.  The President conveyed his personal commitment, and the commitment of the United States, to the enduring alliance between our two nations, which advances our shared interests and values.  The President and Prime Minister agreed to work closely to ensure our common security and prosperity, in the Asia Pacific and around the world.  The President looks forward to working with Prime Minister Gillard at the G-20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits in November, and is confident that the U.S-Australian alliance will only grow stronger in the years ahead.