Jacinda Ardern congratulates Anthony Albanese on his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia
Jacinda Ardern congratulates Anthony Albanese on his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia: “We will have a strong working relationship”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a congratulatory message to Anthony Albanese following Labour’s electoral victory.
Anthony Albanese emerged victorious on Saturday night, becoming Australia’s 31st Prime Minister and ending the coalition’s nine-year reign.
Jacinda Ardern was one of several world leaders to congratulate Mr Albanese on his victory, revealing to the New Zealand Herald that she praised the 59-year-old over the phone.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left) has issued a congratulatory message to Anthony Albanese following Labour’s election victory.
“Spoke to Anthony Albanese… as he prepared to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I am looking forward to meeting him formally soon,’ the Labor leader said in a statement.
“Anthony and I have had the opportunity to meet before and I have no doubt that we will have a strong working relationship that will serve both countries,” he added.
Ms Adern called Australia “New Zealand’s most important partner, our only official ally and unique economic market relationship” and he expressed his belief that both nations will work “even more closely together in these tumultuous times.”
The Prime Minister of New Zealand outlined her hopes for the future with Mr. Albanese and what issues she would like the two countries to work on together.
“I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Albanese in the near future and look forward to working with him on a range of issues, including supporting New Zealanders living in Australia, further facilitating transtasman business, deepening our partnership with our close friends in the Peaceful. and promote our interests on the world stage.’
He stated that Australia and New Zealand were at their ‘best hour’ when both nations ‘work together; when we recognize our mutual interests, our shared values, and the uniqueness of our perspectives; when we are united as allies and whānau, recognizing the strength in our diversity’.