The White House says President Barack Obama will hold his first White House meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard next month.
Gillard was elected last June, becoming Australia's first female prime minister. She'll be visiting the White House March 7.
Obama had been scheduled to visit Australia last year, but the trip was twice canceled because of domestic priorities.
The White House said Wednesday that Obama looks forward to discussing America's shared interests with Australia, including in Afghanistan, where Australia sent troops.