Rudd to address Australian American Leadership Dialogue in US

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Canverra, July 9 (ANI): Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will leave for the United States on Saturday to chair part of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

According to The Age, during the week in New York and Washington, Rudd will chair a session on national security.

Rudd, a founding member of the dialogue, has attended every meeting for the past 17 years.

"Rudd has no plans to leave politics and wants to serve as a minister in the government but he must wait until after the election, if Labor wins," the paper stated Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as saying.

The paper also stated that Rudd is eying the foreign affairs portfolio, currently held by Stephen Smith. As a former prime minister, he should be entitled to receive it.

His trip to the United States will be regarded as a clear sign of Rudd's great interest lies in foreign policy. (ANI)

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