US president in consultation with Australian PM over Afghanistan war

19:46, April 15, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

U.S. President Barack Obama talked across a range of issues including the Afghanistan war in an exclusive interview screened on Thursday on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV.

Speaking to the 7:30 Report's Kerry O'Brien at the White House, Obama said he is in constant consultation with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over progress in war-torn Afghanistan and has noted Australia's contribution to the war, in which 11 Australian soldiers have been killed, as an enormous sacrifice.

Obama has rejected any assertions that the situation is not improving ahead of an expected drawdown of U.S. troops beginning mid-next year.

"We can't be in there in perpetuity. Neither the American people nor the Australian people should be asked to carry that burden any longer than it needs to be carried," he said.

The U.S. President also said he hopes to bring first lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha to see the sights when he visits Australia in June.

Obama was due to visit Australia in March but the trip was postponed as he was forced to stay in Washington to push through his historic health reforms.

Obama said he expected to stay in Australia for at least a " couple" of days so he can take his wife and the kids to Canberra and Sydney.

"I used to travel through Australia when my mother was living in Indonesia and my grandparents were living in Hawaii," he said.

"We'd usually go through Sydney and memories I have, not only of it being a beautiful country but of people being just wonderfully hospitable and kind to me, are ones that I carry with me."

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion