President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met on Sunday with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and both leaders discussed a range of issues, including Russia, Taiwan, the Indo-Pacific region and climate change.
During their meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, Prime Minister Albanese invited Biden to address federal parliament when he visits Australia for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Australia next year.
The Quad group, which comprises the United States, Australia, Japan and India, is believed to have been set up to counter China’s ambition in the Asia Pacific.
“We talked as well about regional security, we talked about Ukraine, and we talked about supply chain issues as well and the impact that various global events are having on that,” Albanese said.
“We discussed the Quad meeting that we will host next year and I invited, of course, the president — we will finalise the dates of the Quad leaders meeting. “I’ve invited the President to address a joint sitting of parliament, as well, if it can be worked out with his diary.”
The White House said in a readout that the leaders “reaffirmed their strong support for ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN-led regional architecture.”
The two leaders discussed U.S.-Australia Alliance priorities and the AUKUS security partnership with the United Kingdom, as they recognized that current regional and global challenges require close and strong security cooperation, the White House added.
The White House wrote, “President Biden thanked the Prime Minister for standing with the United States and the world to impose costs on Russia for its unprovoked war on Ukraine. The leaders recognized the imperative of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
“President Biden thanked Prime Minister Albanese for his leadership in tackling the climate crisis, highlighting the climate and energy transition partnership as a new pillar of the U.S.-Australia relationship and emphasizing the importance of our climate ambitions from the COP 27 this week. Because the future of the United States, Australia and the Indo-Pacific region are inextricably linked, the two leaders emphasized the importance of the new Partners in the Blue Pacific to help address challenges in the Pacific such as climate change, and bolster maritime domain security, pandemic preparedness and economic resilience.
“Underscoring the importance of the U.S.-Australia relationship in addressing a host of critical issues, President Biden told Prime Minister Albanese he looked forward to a very successful Quad Leaders’ Summit in 2023, when Australia will host.”