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US lauds Australia for support in Afghan mission

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Obama administration on Tuesday commended Australia’s support to stay beside the United States in its mission in Afghanistan to train and advice Afghan security forces.

US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had shed lights on the need of close cooperation on security matters in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are looking forward to Australia’s participation in the counter-Daesh coalition meeting in Paris which will be held on Wednesday,” a statement from the US secretary department quoted Carter as saying.

Before to reach Washington, Turnbull paid a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday and promised to add 20 more troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

200 Australian soldiers are already stationed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission to train and advice Afghan security forces.

President Ghani during his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull in Kabul disused issues of mutual interests, counter-terrorism, bilateral ties, peace process and human rights.

Ghani thanked Australia for its cooperation with Afghanistan and paid his honor to those Australian soldiers who had lost their lives in battle against insurgents in Afghanistan. Furthermore, President Ghani asked the Australian primer to encourage investors to invest in Afghanistan’s mining sector and also support Afghan government in water management while providing technical support.


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