New Zealand PM welcomes new Australian PM Kevin Rudd

Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 18:18

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has congratulated incoming Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who unseated Julia Gillard on Wednesday in a vote among ruling Labor Party lawmakers.

"The relationship with Australia is our closest and most important, and I look forward to working with Kevin Rudd in continuing our cooperation across the trade, economic, defense and security spheres," Key said in a statement Thursday.

"I enjoyed a close working relationship with Kevin Rudd in his past roles as prime minister and foreign minister and I look forward to that continuing."
Key said Gillard had been a good friend to New Zealand and he appreciated her commitment to the trans-Tasman relationship.

"The bonds between our two countries will remain strong and we will continue our important work on achieving a single economic market, as well as cooperating closely on the regional and international stage."

First Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 18:17

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