WASHINGTON, April 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott over a range of issues including trade and security in June, the White House said on Monday.
The announcement by spokesman Jay Carney came just as Obama wrapped up his weeklong visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, a trip intended to show Washington's continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
In their White House meeting slated for June 12, Obama and Abbott will discuss such issues as the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, Afghanistan, Syria, the Ukrainian crisis, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and the security and stability in Asia Pacific, Carney said in a statement.
He said Australia's chair of the G-20 group and the rotation of U.S. Marines in the Australian port of Darwin will figure in the talks as well, as the Obama administration has planned a deployment of up to 2,500 Marines in the country by 2016-17, part of its efforts to rebalance to the region.
"Australia is a valued friend and stalwart ally, and the president looks forward to working with Prime Minister Abbott to deepening U.S.-Australia cooperation on these and other issues," Carney said.