Arthur Sinodinos opens up on term as Australia’s Ambassador to the US

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Greek Australian, Arthur Sinodinos, is set to finish his ambassadorial post in the United States in mid-March.

The former Liberal politician was appointed to the Ambassador role in February 2020 and has been an avid advocate for Australian innovation in the US.

In an interview with The Australian, Mr Sinodinos opened up about his term as ambassador and said the role left him optimistic about the strong relationship between Australia and the US.

“I think the relationship between the two countries, for a number of reasons, has stepped up hugely and is on an upward trajectory,” Sinodinos said in the interview.

The 65-year old added that Australia is well regarded by US policymakers and politicians, and that the US has an admiration for Australia standing up to economic coercion and foreign interference.

“Our standing is as high [in Washington] as it has ever been. I hazard to say I think it’s actually the highest it has ever been and I think that is because we are standing up for things we believe in, and they [Americans] admire that,” Mr Sinodinos said.

“They see [Australia] as a model of a country standing up for its national interest.”

Now, with Mr Sinodinos’ term coming to an end, he told The Australian he is yet to decide whether to stay in the US or return to Australia. He does plan on remaining engaged in public life because “what politicians do is important.”

“It is still a noble calling and I still admire people who are prepared to put their hand up,” Mr Sinodinos said.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will replace Mr Sinodinos as Australia’s new Ambassador to the US.

Source: The Australian.

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