26 Jun 2010

Assurance given to US on Afghanistan

7:57 am on 26 June 2010

Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has assured US President Barack Obama that she supports the military campaign in Afghanistan.

Ms Gillard says she told Mr Obama by phone he should expect to see Australian efforts in Afghanistan continuing.

Australia has more than 1500 soldiers there, mostly training Afghan National Army recruits.

Ms Gillard said Australia and the United States had a strong and enduring relationship.

Ms Gillard ousted her predecessor Kevin Rudd on Thursday.