Remarks With Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
March 8, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. Well, this is an especially auspicious and delightful occasion to welcome the prime minister here on any day, but especially on International Women’s Day, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. We saw a great example of the close cooperation and partnership between the United States and Australia yesterday when the prime minister met with the President when they went on to visit a school together.

The United States and Australia are friends by choice, partners, allies committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century together just as we have met the challenges of the past. So, I’m looking forward to going into even more detail with the prime minister on some of the issues that we discussed in the Oval Office, and then to having her join me for just a short while – too short – but to make some remarks at our annual International Women of Courage Day.

PRIME MINISTER GILLARD: Thank you and can I say it's absolutely fantastic to be here on International Women’s Day, and I’m very much looking forward to my discussions with Secretary Clinton. We had the opportunity to meet in Melbourne when Secretary Clinton was in Australia for our Annual Strategic Dialogue at AUSMIN talks and I enjoyed our discussions there. It’s fantastic to be here on today of all days. So very much looking forward to it.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Prime Minster.


SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2011/352