U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met yesterday with Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard after the Prime Minister gave an address to a joint session of Congress. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"I was very pleased to meet yesterday with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia.
"Australia and the United States have a strong and effective alliance, which began in the dark early days of World War II, and we have stood together against many threats in the decades since, including now in Afghanistan.
"Yesterday, I expressed to Prime Minister Gillard my particular gratitude for Australia's strong stance on Iran. Australia showed strong leadership in confronting the Iranian nuclear threat by expanding and strengthening its sanctions on the Iranian regime even before the European Union and the UN acted in a similar fashion.
"I also handed the Prime Minister a letter expressing my thanks for Australia's recent generous donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which will help support a new educational center at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.
"I look forward to continuing to work closely with Australian leaders on matters, such as the Iranian nuclear threat and the threat of North Korean aggression, which are of critical importance to Americans and Australians alike."