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Obama calls on Aus PM; discusses economic crisis

world Updated: Jan 28, 2009 08:59 IST

US president Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd since assuming the office and discussed range of issues including global economic crisis and the need for coordinated action through effective fiscal stimulus.

The two leaders, in their 25-minutes conversation, seems to have discussed economic crisis and the need for coordinated action through effective fiscal stimulus including other important issues, a PM's spokeswoman was quoted as saying by an AAP report here today.

The two however did not discuss the issue whether Australia would provide more military assistance to US troops in Afghanistan, spokeswoman said.

She also said that Obama thanked Australia for its contribution in Afghanistan.

"The two leaders reconfirmed the closeness of the Australia-US alliance and foreshadowed an even more active partnership into the future," she said.

They also discussed closer cooperation on climate change and agreed both countries should work closely together in preparation for the next UN meeting on the post-Kyoto framework in Copenhagen later this year, the spokeswoman said.

The leaders also discussed the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and agreed they would cooperate in efforts to reinforce the international non-proliferation regime.