The Australian Government has welcomed the election of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission.
Dr Dlamini-Zuma had been South Africa's Home Affairs Minister since 2009, and is the first woman to hold the position of AU Commission Chairperson.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Australian Government looked forward to working closely with Dr Dlamini-Zuma.
"Australia is committed to strengthening our engagement with Africa, including through co-operation with the African Union," Senator Carr said.
"I look forward to working with Dr Dlamini-Zuma, particularly in the priority areas of economic growth, food security and climate change."
Senator Carr also thanked former Chairperson, Dr Jean Ping of Gabon, for his leadership of the AU and positive contribution to expanding Australia-African relations.
Australia's ties with Africa are underpinned by strong commercial links, particularly in resources and energy. Australian development assistance to Africa has also more than tripled since 2007.
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