Joe Biden apologises to Anthony Albanese after cancelling Sydney Quad meeting at last
The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has met the US president, Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Japan and signed an agreement to advance climate and clean energy action.
Albanese is holding a round of key talks at the G7 summit as some of the world’s most powerful leaders convene, with a rescheduled Quad meeting on the agenda.
Albanese met with United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Saturday and held a bilateral meeting with Biden on the sidelines of the summit in Hiroshima.
Biden apologised to Albanese for not meeting him in Sydney after the US president had to cancel his attendance at a planned Quad meeting next week that was to include the leaders of Japan and India.
The US president cancelled as he has to attend to US debt level negotiations with Republicans in the US Congress.
“I deeply appreciate the flexibility of meeting me here at the G7 meeting,” Biden told Albanese at a press conference on Saturday.
“I truly apologise to you for having you to come here, rather than me being in Australia right now.”
The president said the…