“The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia – our nations have been together for a long time,” Biden said as Morrison sat beside him at the Intercontinental New York Barclay hotel in Manhattan shortly after the President’s address to the United Nations General Assembly.
“The United States and Australia are working in lockstep on the challenges that I laid out today in my speech to the United Nations: ending COVID, addressing the climate crisis, defending democracy and shaping the rules of the road for the 21st century.
“Because I mean what I said: we are at an inflection point. Things are changing. We can grasp the change and deal with it or be left behind, all of us.”
Addressing Biden directly, Morrison said: “I want to thank you for your leadership and your focus on the Indo-Pacific region. There’s no doubt you get it.”