(CNN) - Australia's new prime minister pledged her commitment to the war in Afghanistan during a phone call with President Obama, the two leaders said.
"I assured President Obama that my approach to Afghanistan will continue the approach taken to date by the Australian government," said Julia Gillard, Australia's new prime minister, on Friday. "I fully support the current deployment and I indicated to President Obama that he should expect to see the Australian effort in Afghanistan continuing."
Julia Gillard, 48, was elected Thursday as Australia's first female prime minister. Obama called her Thursday night to congratulate her.
During the talk, Obama and Gillard "underscored their shared commitment to closely work together on the broad range of global challenges confronting both countries, including in Afghanistan," the White House statement said.
America should have a much closer relationship to Australia and all other democracies. We have a tendency to prefer totalitarian governments like China or theocracies like those in the Middle East as trading partners. The democracies of the world need to form an association all their own, with membership by invitation only.
...And we thank you for your support Madam Prime Minister. I only wish that our dometic Taliban, the GObP, would join you in presenting a united front.
It's good to keep allies. All free nations and America have a stake in keeping the Taliban and other potential troublemakers under wraps. They may attack America today, but tomorrow another country might become 'the great Satan' in their eyes and they'll attack. Unfortunately, we will have to fight always to stay free from tyranny and we will have to do it together.