US commends Australia’s support for mission in Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Obama administration on Tuesday appreciated Australia’s continued support for the US mission to train and advise Afghan security forces.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed the need to continue close collaboration on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Carter expressed appreciation for Australia’s contributions to the coalition against the Islamic State, as well as Australia’s continued support in Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense said.
A statement from the department quoted the secretary said he looks forward to Australia's participation in the counter-Daesh coalition meeting in Paris, slated for Wednesday.
Before his arrival in Washington, Turnbull paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday when he promised contributing 20 more troops to the NATO mission.
As part of the new NATO mission to train and advise Afghan forces, 200 Australian soldiers are already stationed in the conflict-wrecked country. “It is absolutely critical that we recognise that security is a global issue."
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