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Australian PM in Kabul; vows continued support

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid a surprising visit to Kabul the other day, meeting President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials.

Ghani and Turnbull discussed issues regarding mutual interests, counter-terrorism and Australian cooperation with Afghanistan, bilateral ties, peace process and human rights.

Ghani thanked Australia for its cooperation with Afghanistan and paid his honor to those Australian soldiers who lost their lives fighting insurgency in Afghanistan.

The president asked Australian premiere to help in the empowering of Afghan air force. Turnbull promised to assist Afghan defense sector in this regard.

President Ghani also called on the prime minister to encourage Australian investors to invest in mine sector in Afghanistan and provide technical support in water management.

Later, Turnbull visited Afghan army academy, where he spoke to a number of 250 Australian troops, telling them that Afghan government enormously appreciated their work.

“You are making a real difference to the evolution of Afghanistan to a point where it can stand on its own feet and maintain its own security,” Turnbull addressed his country soldiers.

He vowed to send at least 20 more troops to serve in Afghanistan.

He invited President Ghani to visit his country this year and the president appreciating him, accepted the visit.

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