Prime Minister Julia Gillard has offered Australia’s congratulations to re-elected US President Barack Obama.
Mr Obama has triumphed over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win a second four-year term.
Ms Gillard said she looked forward to continuing to work with the Obama administration.
‘On behalf of the government and people of Australia, I offer warm congratulations to President Barack Obama on his re-election and wish him every success for his second term in office,’ she said in a statement on Wednesday.
‘Australia has worked closely with President Obama and his administration over the past four years.
‘I look forward to continuing this friendship.’
Australia and the US are unique partners, linked through culture, values, shared sacrifice and a commitment to international peace and security, she said.
The two countries share a similar outlook on global security and economic challenges.
‘Australia has a long history of working with the United States to make a difference on these global challenges,’ she said.
‘I look forward to continuing to do so with President Obama on behalf of the people we serve.’