US President Biden joked that Australia’s new Prime Minister Albanese could sleep at the conference if he wanted to because he had a busy schedule.
“Welcome to your first meeting of the quartet. You took the oath of office and immediately got on the plane. So if you want to fall asleep here, that’s fine because I don’t know how you can do that. So. It’s really extraordinary He just finished his campaign,” US President Joe Biden told Australia’s new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, in Japan on May 24.
Immediately after taking office on May 23, Australia’s new Prime Minister Albanese immediately boarded a plane to Japan to attend a summit with the leaders of the Quartet from the US, Japan and India.
After the summit, the US President and Australian Prime Minister also held separate bilateral talks. The new Australian leader also met privately with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Australia’s new Prime Minister Albanese, 59, an Italian-born politician, is the first leader in Australian history not to be from an English-speaking country. Mr. Albanese was raised in council housing by a single mother living on a disability pension. When he was in his 30s, Mr. Albanese first came to Italy to meet his father.
Albanese has 25 years experience in the Australian Parliament and has been active in politics at both the state and federal levels. In 1996 he was elected to his first political office in Sydney.
Ngoc app (Corresponding AFP)