Joe Biden arrives in Australia: Anthony Albanese hosts the US president in May for a grand meeting at the Sydney Opera House
- The meeting held at the Sydney Opera House in May
- US President Joe Biden will attend
- This will be Biden’s first visit as president of the United States
US President Joe Biden will visit Sydney in May as Sydney hosts the 2023 Quad Leaders Summit.
The historic meeting will be held at the Sydney Opera House on May 24 and will host the leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia.
This will be the first time Australia has hosted the meeting and comes after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attended Tokyo in May 2022.
Joe Biden (pictured) will visit Sydney for the first time as President of the United States for the 2023 Quad Leaders Summit held on May 24
The historic meeting will take place at the Sydney Opera House and will host the leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia (pictured, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) and US President Joe Biden (right) at the 2022 Quartet leaders summit at Kante Palace in Tokyo)
The event will take place at the Sydney Opera House.
“The Quad Partners are deeply invested in the success of the Indo-Pacific region,” Albanese told reporters on Wednesday.
Leveraging our collective strength helps Australia advance its interests and respond more effectively to the needs of the region.
“We are always better off when we work with our close friends and partners.”
Asked about Biden’s bid for re-election, Albanese said he considered the president a friend but would not comment on US politics.
There are no details yet about a speech Biden gave to the federal parliament previously.
“We’ll have more to say about his activities while he’s here, but I welcome him very much,” Albanese said.
It will be Mr. Biden’s first time visiting Australia as president of the United States as he joins Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
Last year’s Quartet meeting was hosted in Japan just hours after Mr Albanese was sworn in as prime minister (pictured shaking hands with US President Joe Biden)
The Quad Leaders Summit is a diplomatic partnership aimed at promoting resilience, prosperity, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Hosting the Quartet Leaders meeting at the Sydney Opera House, the most iconic building in Australia, will be an opportunity for us to work collaboratively with the United States, Japan and India,” said Mr. Albanese.
“But also a tremendous opportunity to showcase this beautiful city in this wonderful country to the whole world.
Leveraging our collective strength helps Australia advance its interests and respond more effectively to the needs of the region. We are always better off when we do business with our close friends and partners.
New South Wales Premier Chris Means welcomed the announcement, claiming the summit would boost the state’s economy.
Means added that the authorities will work closely with the Commonwealth to minimize disruptions when international leaders arrive.
President Biden is expected to address the federal parliament during his visit, but no further details were provided.
Biden’s last visit to Australia was a four-day tour in 2016 as vice president of the United States, where he met then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.
Next month’s meeting will mark the fourth summit of the Quartet leaders – three of which have been held in person.
Tokyo hosted last year’s meeting just hours after Albanese was sworn in as prime minister.