Australian PM congratulates new Japanese PM

16:01, June 04, 2010      

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday congratulated Naoto Kan on his election as the prime minister of Japan.

In a statement, Rudd said he looked forward to working closely with Kan and his cabinet to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

"The Australia-Japan relationship is long-standing and strong," Rudd said.

Kan, former Japanese finance minister, has become Japan's sixth prime minister in five years after being approved by the Diet to replace Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned for mishandling a dispute over the United States military base at Okinawa on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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