Prime Minister Julia Gillard has thanked Kevin Rudd for his central role in securing a seat on the UN Security Council. Mr Rudd, by proxy, has thanked everybody else.
The Prime Minister, speaking at a gathering of department staff and officials of foreign missions in Canberra, has ranked her predecessor Kevin Rudd first among all those deserving thanks in what she called a long and difficult process to win the seat.
“I’d like to thank in order, firstly, Kevin Rudd for having the foresight as prime minister to put our name forward and to commence the bid process, and then to pursue it so energetically as Minister for Foreign Affairs,” Ms Gillard said.
Earlier, Mr Rudd congratulated everyone involved via a statement released through a spokesman.