07 May '11, 2am

Australian leader congratulates Obama on Osama bin Laden

Australian leader congratulates Obama on Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday congratulated US President Barack Obama for the US mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the White House said. Obama spoke to Gillard by telephone while he was aboard the presidential plane, Air Force One, according to the White House statement. "The president underscored that this was an important moment in the fight against Al-Qaeda and noted the need for continued vigilance," the statement said. "The president and prime minister also discussed US-Australian cooperation against global terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan," it added. Australia, a long-standing ally of the United States, currently has 1,550 troops in Afghanistan. On Monday, Gillard said she welcomed the news of Osama's death but warned that "Al-Qaeda is not finished." Eighty-eight Australians were among more than 200 killed in the 2002 Bali...

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