New US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy said she wants to strengthen peace in the Indo-Pacific and support the global transition to green energy in what she says is a critical time for two countries.
The daughter of former US President John F Kennedy, and former ambassador to Japan under President Barack Obama, is due to arrive in Australia on Friday.
In a video message released online on Wednesday Australian time, Kennedy spoke about the two countries’ shared military history and his own family connection to the conflict in the region.
“I know that our countries are the strongest allies and that our parents and grandparents fought side by side for over 100 years. Their sacrifices have allowed us to live in two of the greatest democracies in the world,” Kennedy said during his speech.
“In 1943, my father’s PT boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Without the help of two Solomon Islanders and an Australian coastal observer, he and his crew would not have survived.
“He wanted to be the first sitting president to visit Australia, so I’m honored to carry on his legacy in my own way.”
Kennedy added that she had fallen in love with Australia on previous visits and looked forward to experiencing various aspects of Australian culture and life.
“I look forward to working closely with Prime Minister Albanese, Foreign Minister Wong and the government to advance our shared democratic values, strengthen our commitment to a healthy, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific and advancing the transition to a green energy world,” she said. said.
“This is a critical moment in the history of our two countries…what we do together in the coming years will determine the future of the region and the planet.”