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Rudd visits Uruzgan; vows continued aid

Rudd visits Uruzgan; vows continued aid

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Jul 27, 2013 - 16:35

 TIRINKOT (PANinfo-icon): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday paid a surprise visit to Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, an official said.

Heading a delegation that included her defence minister, national security advisor and the Australian ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon, Rudd met troops during the unannounced trip to Tirinkot.

The visiting prime minister also held talks with Governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada, who briefed Rudd on the current situation in the province.

Abdullah Himmat, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Akhundzada thanked his interlocutor on Australian development assistance over the past decade.

The governor said the security environmentinfo-icon in Uruzgan was satisfactory, with Afghan forces frustrating the Talibaninfo-icon’s quest for capturing several areas in the province.

For her part, Rudd praised the all-round development effort in Uruzgan, particularly in the area of reconstructioninfo-icon. Himmat quoted her as promising continued assistance to Afghanistan, specially the central province.

Australia, having 1,500 soldiers in Afghanistan within the framework of ISAFinfo-icon, heads the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan. Forty Aussie troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

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