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NATO, Madrid, Dubai, Indonesia, Japan: Anthony Albanese has already travelled over 43,000km overseas

Anthony Albanese has traveled more than 43,000 km overseas in less than six weeks since winning the May 21 election.

The prime minister set the tone for his jet-set premiership on his first day in office when he flew to Tokyo just hours after being sworn in on May 23.

He later visited Indonesia to meet President Joko Widodo and is now in Madrid as a guest at a NATO meeting for a trip to Paris to meet President Macron.

Mr. Albanian’s travels so far have taken him to two continents – Asia and Europe – and would have earned him more than 50,000 Qantas points had he flown commercially in business class.

The last Labor Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was also known for his jet-setting style and was nicknamed the Kevin 747 for his series of VIP flights around the world after his election in 2007.

Anthony Albanese has traveled more than 43,000 km overseas in less than six weeks since winning the May 21 election.  He has been to Tokyo, Indonesia, Dubai and Spain

Anthony Albanese has traveled more than 43,000 km overseas in less than six weeks since winning the May 21 election. He has been to Tokyo, Indonesia, Dubai and Spain

During his trip to Tokyo, Mr Albanian a Quad leaders meeting with President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 79-year-old US president, who famously fell asleep during the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow last year, was impressed that Mr Albanese seemed so alert just after the election campaign, saying: ‘If you fall asleep while you’re here , it’s OK’.

Mr. Albanian assured leaders that Australia’s commitment to the Quad remained steadfast despite the change of government.

“We’ve had a change of government in Australia, but Australia’s commitment to the Quad has not changed and will not change,” he said.

Joe Biden praised Anthony Albanese's energy after the new prime minister flew to Tokyo on his first day of work

Joe Biden praised Anthony Albanese’s energy after the new prime minister flew to Tokyo on his first day of work

Albo’s overseas travels

Japan: May 23-25

Indonesia: June 5-7

UAE: June 27

Spain: June 27

On June 5, Mr Albanese made his first bilateral overseas visit to neighboring Australia, Indonesia, which the Aussies know best for the holiday island of Bali.

The country of 273 million people is developing rapidly and Australia wants to improve market access for its exports as a way to diversify from China.

Mr. Albanian met President Widodo and the couple took a bike ride around his palace grounds.

Despite the wobbling and later complaining that the pace was too slow, he said he really appreciated the ride and even took the bike he was using back to Australia.

The prime minister then had three weeks in Australia – including tackling an energy crisis – before his next overseas trip to Madrid for a NATO summit on June 26.

On his way to Spain, Mr. Albanian stopped in the United Arab Emirates, where Australia has a military operations center at the Al Minhad airbase just outside Dubai.

Accompanied by his two-year-old girlfriend, Jodie, he met defense and Australian embassy personnel at the center known as Camp Baird.

Some 2,750 Afghan evacuees were processed there following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August last year.

Speaking to about 30 troops, Albanians thanked them for their services in keeping the nation safe, saying that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a “reminder of the insecure world we live in.”

“Our values ​​of upholding the international rule of law and maintaining a sense of order in the global environment is something that cannot be taken for granted,” he said.

“It has to be defended, and those of us in political life are humbled to know that it is defended every day by our men and women in uniform.”

The prime minister arrived in Spain on Monday evening, where he will join the leaders of Japan, South Korea and New Zealand alongside the 30 NATO members.

NATO was founded in 1949 as a security alliance to counter the Soviet Union, now Russia.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian and partner Jodie Haydon exit the plane after arriving in Madrid

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian and partner Jodie Haydon exit the plane after arriving in Madrid

Anthony Albanese poses for photos with members of the Australian Defense Force during a visit to Camp Baird in Australia's main base of operations in the Middle East

Anthony Albanese poses for photos with members of the Australian Defense Force during a visit to Camp Baird in Australia’s main base of operations in the Middle East

In Madrid, Albanian will meet his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He will also meet with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and give a speech to the OECD Council.

High on the agenda of the NATO meeting is the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s increasing assertiveness.

“Australia has been unequivocal in its support for Ukraine and its condemnation of President Putin,” said Mr Albanian.

‘We will continue to stand up for freedom and democracy.’

Mr. Albanian has been invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to visit the war-torn country, but his security team has yet to decide whether to agree to the logistical and security concerns.

The prime minister said he was “honoured” to accept an invitation for President Emmanuel Macron to Paris.

“France is an important partner and friend of Australia, especially in our shared vision of peace and stability in the Pacific,” he said.

Relations with France soured after former Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped a $90 billion submarine deal with French company Naval Group.

The new prime minister made his first foreign bilateral visit: a trip to Indonesia to meet President Widodo (pictured together)

The new prime minister made his first foreign bilateral visit: a trip to Indonesia to meet President Widodo (pictured together)

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