The Australian Government welcomes the confirmation of a new United States Secretary of State.

I congratulate Rex Tillerson, who has been confirmed by the United States Senate as Secretary of State.

Australia and the United States work closely on many issues relevant to our national interest and also on issues with international implications.

It is a relationship based on a commitment to freedom, peace and prosperity, democracy and the rule of law. We work closely together across foreign policy, defence and security, economic, scientific, cultural pursuits and have done so for many decades.

Importantly, Australia is a partner with the United States in supporting and strengthening the rules-based international order.'

I look forward to meeting Secretary Tillerson at the earliest opportunity and also welcoming him to Australia for the annual security and defence summit AUSMIN.

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