Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be heading to the US on an official visit in September, further cementing his relationship with President Donald Trump.
The prime minister’s office has confirmed Mr Trump will play host at a state dinner at the White House for Mr Morrison, following on from their meetings on the sidelines of the D-Day commemorations in the UK and the G20 summit earlier this year.
It is the first such invitation to an Australian prime minister since President George W Bush hosted John Howard in 2006.
It comes a day after Mr Morrison addressed US military personnel as part of the Talisman Sabre exercises in Queensland involving Australia, New Zealand, the United States, UK, Canada and Japan.
“Australia and the United States see the world through the same eyes,” he said on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan.
“Or, as President Reagan put it, ‘We both recognise the responsibility of freedom and are prepared to shoulder it squarely.'”