President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia today in San Diego, California. President Biden reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship and security alliance between the United States and Australia. The leaders underscored their shared commitment to promote regional security through the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) trilateral partnership and continued close defense cooperation. They also discussed enhancing cooperation through the Quad; support for a strong Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and opportunities to coordinate through Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP); reaffirmed their shared commitment to ASEAN centrality; resolved to confront climate change and tackle challenges to regional stability, including economic coercion; and underscored their commitment to continue supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Russia’s brutal aggression. They also discussed the challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China. The leaders committed to continue deepening the bilateral partnership to advance their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, including through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.
Official news published at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/03/13/readout-of-president-joe-bidens-meeting-with-australia-prime-minister-albanese/