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Australia PM: With U.S. for 'long haul'

From NBC's Libby Leist
Secretary Clinton and Australian Prime Minister Rudd held a brief photo-op earlier at the State Department. The two leaders made short statements and took no questions.

Clinton called the Rudd-Obama meeting at the White House this morning "excellent and comprehensive." They discussed Afghanistan and climate change among other topics. Clinton said Rudd was one of the most "creative thinkers" about the worlds problems.

Rudd said it was a "good discussion" with the president. They discussed "common challenges" in Afghanistan.

"Australia takes its alliance with the United States very seriously," Rudd said. "That's why we have been with America for a long time in Afghanistan and why we will be with America for the long haul."

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