New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sent a congratulatory message to Anthony Albanese after Labor’s election victory.
“I spoke to Anthony Albanese… as he was preparing to speak to his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to officially meeting him soon,” she said in a statement.
“Anthony and I have had the opportunity to meet before and I have no doubt we will have a strong working relationship serving both countries.
“Australia is our most important partner, only official ally and only economic market relationship, and I am confident that our countries will work even more closely together in the coming years. this tumultuous time.”