Special Report: U.S. presidential election 2008
CANBERRA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Wednesday that the U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has realized Martin Luther King's dream 45 years ago.
"Forty-five years ago Martin Luther King had a dream of an America where men and women would be judged not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character. Today, what America has done is turn that dream into a reality," Rudd told reporters in Launceston, Tasmania in southern part of Australia.
Rudd said the U.S. election result was a great testament to the strength and maturity of the American democratic process.
"Obama carries a message of hope not only for America but for the rest of the world," as the world "looks to America for global leadership on the great global challenges of the 21st century," Australian Associated Press quoted Rudd as saying.
Rudd listed these challenges for the next U.S. President Obama as the global financial crisis, climate change, and the challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region this century, and said he intended to make a telephone call congratulating Senator Obama "as soon as possible".
Rudd said the Australia-US alliance had prospered in the past and will prosper into the future.
"Australia looks forward to working in the closest possible way in the closest possible partnership with an Obama administration, acting together to deal with the great common global challenges we face as democracies," he said.