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Australian former PM Kevin Rudd meets with UN chief in U.S.

07-15-2010 14:20 BJT

CANBERRA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has met with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon in New York, Australia's media reported on Thursday.

Rudd was in the U.S. this week for the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, which regularly brings together leaders from the two countries for talks.

A statement from Rudd's office said the meeting was a "courtesy call" because Ban Ki-moon had called him recently.

Rudd is due to meet Tony Lake, executive director of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the next few days, before flying back to Australia at the weekend.

Earlier this week, Rudd, who was deposed as prime minister three weeks ago and now sits on the backbench, chaired the session on international security at the Leadership Dialogue in Washington.

According to Australian Associated Press, there has been some speculation in diplomatic circles that Rudd, a former diplomat who ran an active international agenda as prime minister, may quit politics and pursue a career in international affairs.

However, Rudd has said he intends to re-contest his seat at the upcoming election.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she will offer him a senior frontbench role if Labor wins and the post of foreign minister may be a possibility.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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