Obama congratulates Australian Prime Minister

President Barack Obama at an annual convention in Milwaukee. File Photo  

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered his congratulations to Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who held onto office after breaking a 17-day logjam that built up behind the inconclusive August 21 parliamentary elections.

In a telephone call, Obama expressed his commitment to the alliance between the U.S. and Australia and the two leaders agreed to work closely on security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific and around the world, the White House said in a statement.

“The president looks forward to working with Prime Minister Gillard at the (Group of 20) G20 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,” the White House said.

Two independents backed Labour, giving it the 76 seats needed to command a majority in the 150-member assembly and claim a second term on Tuesday. After 17 days of bargaining, they decided the goodies Labour promised for their electorates were better than those on offer from Tony Abbott’s conservatives.

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