Prime Minister Tony Abbott has arrived in New York overnight, describing America as a global powerhouse that is no ‘spent force’.
Mr Abbott will use his trip to New York to emphasise the importance of trade and business links between America and the United States.
He started the day with an early morning jog through Central Park with members of the NY Fire Department, before touring the 9/11 memorial.
Speaking to media, Mr Abbott said that “America matters to the world.”
“Some people say that America is a spent force. They’re wrong,” he said.
He said that emerging economies did not need to regard America as a “threat”, according to a News Limited report.
Speaking at a business lunch, Mr Abbott highlighted the importance of investment in infrastructure, as well as the need for a crackdown on global companies evading tax.
He also spuriked an “open for business” message and touched on free trade, corporate tax avoidance, private investment in infrastructure and his first budget.
Mr Abbott will soon move to Washington DC where he will meet with US President Barack Obama.
The Prime Minister arrived in New York after wrapping up talks with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, where both men agreed they would put their economies ahead of action on climate change.
Speaking at the New York Stock Exchange, Mr Abbott said that climate change was not the most important issue globally, and that it was instead “one of many” issues.