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US has 'no better friend' than Australia: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that America has "no better friend" than Australia. During her meeting with visiting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Washington, the two leaders discussed a range of issues affecting the two countries.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2009 10:53 IST

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that America has "no better friend" than Australia.

During her meeting with visiting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Washington, the two leaders discussed a range of issues affecting the two countries.

Both the leaders expressed their commitment for close cooperation on foreign policy, media reports said here.

"America doesn't have a better friend in the world than Australia. A friend in good times and hard times, a friend in the historic and difficult challenges that both the United States and Australia have faced," Clinton said.

"We have reaffirmed our commitment to working closely on the range of difficult problems, but also exciting opportunities that lie ahead," Rudd said adding "US is a genuine friend of Australia".

Rudd also said that Clinton's recent visit to East Asia has sent "a strong positive signal to our part of the world about this administration's engagement in the Asia-Pacific."