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Prime Minister John Howard will become the first Australian to receive a special public service award from the US government.
A Melbourne paper reports that it will be the first time the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service has been presented outside North America or Europe.
President George W. Bush has recorded a tribute to Mr Howard that will be shown at a dinner in Sydney tomorrow night, the paper says.
The director of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Frederick Bush, said Mr Howard had been a good friend to America and the US president had recorded a "very friendly message to John Howard and the people of Australia for their support".
Mr Lowy, whose Lowy Institute for International Policy is taking a key role in understanding US-Australia relations, will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
The dinner will be preceded by a seminar, US and China: Cooperation, Competition or Conflict?
the US president had recorded a "very friendly message to John Howard and the people of Australia for their support".