|Obama to host Australian PM in June
US President Barack Obama will host Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for meetings in June aimed at deepening their nations' close alliance, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Abbott, who will be making his first trip to the United States since becoming Australian leader last year, will visit Washington on June 12, the White House said in a statement.
"The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia's leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defence relationship, including the rotation of US Marines through Darwin,'' the statement said.
"They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia's actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.''
The statement described Australia as "a valued friend and stalwart ally''.
"The President looks forward to working with Prime Minister Abbott to deepening US-Australia cooperation on these and other issues,'' it said.
The statement was released just before Obama was due to leave the Philippines, ending an Asian tour that also took him to Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. --AFP