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JFK's daughter named as Ambassador to Australia

JFK's daughter named as Ambassador to Australia

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US President Joe Biden has announced his intention to nominate Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, to serve as ambassador to Australia.

Ms Kennedy, who is a longtime friend, ally and donor to Mr Biden, and who endorsed the president's candidacy early in the 2020 campaign, previously served as US ambassador to Japan in the Obama administration.

In a statement, Ms Kennedy called Australia "a country that is vital to our future security and prosperity".

"I am always grateful to the courageous Solomon Islanders and Australian coast watchers who rescued my father during World War II, and if confirmed, I will work hard to repay this debt," Ms Kennedy said.

"I look forward to collaborating with the Government of Australia to strengthen our alliance, improve global health and increase vaccine access during this terrible pandemic and to address the urgent climate crisis.

"I am excited to get to know the Australian people, learn about their fascinating country and share with them what I love most about America."

Ms Kennedy, a scion of one of America's most high-profile political families, threw her support behind Mr Biden relatively early in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary process.

Mr Biden also said he will nominate Michelle Kwan, a former Olympic figure skater and longtime Democratic activist, to serve as ambassador to Belize.

Ms Kwan, who worked on the Biden campaign and has been pressing for an ambassador post, said she was honoured by the nomination.

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