Ambassador to the United States

  • Joint media release with:
  • Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister

Today we announce the Government’s intention to appoint the Hon Dr Kevin Rudd AC as Australia’s next Ambassador to the United States.

Dr Rudd brings unmatched experience to the role. Formerly Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia, he is now the global President and Chief Executive of leading international relations institute, the Asia Society.

He is also one of the world’s most eminent and sought-after experts on China and US–China relations.

At a time when our region is being reshaped by strategic competition, our interests are well served with a representative of Dr Rudd’s standing.

The United States is Australia’s vital security ally and our closest global partner.

Our countries are aligned by who we are, what we stand for and what we seek – a region that is open, stable, prosperous and where sovereignty is respected.

Along with our deepening collaboration on defence, including through AUKUS, we have an extensive and mutually beneficial economic relationship with the United States, and we are making cooperation on climate change a hallmark of our alliance.

We thank outgoing Ambassador, the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, for his service.

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