Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr today met with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in San Francisco — the first meeting between a senior Australian official and the Governor since he became the presumptive Republican nominee for President.
Senator Carr said he briefed Governor Romney on Australia's role in Afghanistan and its commitment to $250m a year in development assistance by 2015-16, as well as Australia's roadmap for Afghan education, support for women and girls, rural employment and government capability.
There was discussion of South East Asian issues, including those raised at the recent East Asia Summit attended by Senator Carr in Phnom Penh.
Senator Carr and Governor Romney also exchanged views on the Australian-American alliance, with Governor Romney indicating that Australia had no firmer friend than the United States. The Governor also advised that American servicemen had told him of their close working relationship and high regard for Australian service personnel.
Finally, Senator Carr and Governor Romney exchanged impressions of managing Olympic Games. The Governor recalled his visit to the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when Mr Carr was Premier, saying it was good experience ahead of his own organisational role for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.
The meeting took place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where Governor Romney is campaigning.
Senator Carr was in transit to Australia following talks at the Bohemia Grove conference with former US Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, James Baker and George Schultz, and with representatives of major American investors in Australia.
The Bohemia Grove conference followed separate talks between Senator Carr and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on July 18.
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