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Brussels, 9th September 2010

Message of congratulation by President Barroso to Ms Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

"Dear Prime Minister,

I would like to congratulate you on your reappointment as Prime Minister of Australia and wish you every success in the exercise of your mandate.

I look forward to working with you and your government as we continue to strengthen the important bilateral relationship between the European Union and Australia. Close cooperation between the European Union and Australia will be essential if we are to successfully meet the global challenges we are faced with, none being more pressing than climate change. Both the European Union and Australia also have a responsibility to ensure a positive outcome in the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations and that the G20 Summit in Seoul contributes to the goal of restoring strong, sustainable and balanced growth in the world economy.

I look forward to making your acquaintance at an early opportunity.

Please accept, dear Prime Minister, the assurance of my highest consideration."

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