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Australia's Albanese grabs torch on climate change in Quad debut

New PM calls issue 'main' Pacific challenge, striking different tone from Morrison

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during the Quad leaders' summit in Tokyo on May 24.   © AP

TOKYO -- Anthony Albanese made his international debut as Australia's prime minister on Tuesday, putting climate change at the forefront of his foreign policy while promising unflinching resolve on Indo-Pacific security.

Just a day after he was sworn in, Albanese attended a summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in Tokyo with the leaders of Japan, the U.S. and India. In opening remarks, he called climate "the main economic and security challenge for the island countries of the Pacific" and vowed to take "ambitious action" to address it. This, he said, would include financing support for partners in the region.

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