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Biden receives Australian PM, discusses Indo-Pacific, global issues

US President Joe Biden speaks at a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in the Indian Treaty Room of the White House on October 11, 2023. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

United States of America President, Joe Biden will receive Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, today at the White House for an official visit and state dinner, deliberating on Indo-Pacific and trendy global matters.

In a fact sheet issued from the White House to newsmen at the Foreign Press Centre (FPC) yesterday, Biden disclosed that the two leaders would reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-Australia alliance.

He added that they would also discuss the evolution of its reach beyond defence and security into a force for increased prosperity and innovation across the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.

According to him, “The United States and Australia unequivocally condemn Hamas’s abhorrent attack on Israel and reaffirm Israel’s right to defend itself. We urge regional de-escalation and do not want to see this conflict widen, expand, or deepen.

“We support ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages taken by Hamas. In response to the conflict launched by Hamas, we underscore the critical importance of operating consistent with international humanitarian law to include the protection of civilians in Gaza.

“Together, the United States and Australia are delivering more than $115 million in humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank.”

President Biden noted that the two nations would partner in new ways on their shared priorities and vision to build an alliance that reflects the depth and breadth of their relationship, delivering on the next generation of innovation.

He listed the new innovations to include promoting advanced technology and space cooperation, security, finance, exports, critical minerals, promoting telecommunications diversity and resiliency, amongst others.

“As part of our enhanced collaboration, Australia and the U.S. Department of Energy intend to establish an Australia-U.S. Clean Energy Industry Council comprised of business and public finance leaders to advise our governments on clean energy industry development and cooperation.

“Australia and the United States also intend to establish information-sharing exchanges on economy-wide emissions accounting schemes for products like hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

“Australia and the United States are also committed to the sustainable development of high integrity SAF production to support emissions reductions in the aviation sector and will continue to explore areas for cooperation under the Compact.

The United States and Australia are working to jointly develop an Indo-Pacific Net-Zero Transition bond series that will mobilize funding for small and medium sized enterprises with a focus on clean energy transition.

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