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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP


17 January 2016

  • Your work is also very important for Australia. Afghanistan seems a very long way away. I know at times you’ll feel it’s an extra long way away, you’re missing home, and you’re missing your family and your loved ones. But the challenges that we face in maintaining global security in the face of violent extremism, in the face of terrorism, is a genuinely global effort.

  • On 16 January, the Prime Minister visited Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel in Iraq and thanked them for their service.

  • The work you’re doing here in Afghanistan is not just of vital importance to Afghanistan, moulding the leaders of the future, the leaders of the Afghan National Army that will enable Afghanistan to secure itself to maintain its own security. That is overwhelmingly the most important defence and you’re enabling that working with our allies here.

  • Allow me to just briefly welcome you to the Australian Embassy in Kabul and your team, the CDF, and your senior Advisers. It’s really important to us, as an Embassy, and as Australia’s presence in Afghanistan, to have this high level attention to give us all an opportunity to remind ourselves about what it is that we are doing here in the national interest.

16 January 2016

  • Thank you very much Admiral. We’ve just had a very good briefing and discussion with the CDF and I am very conscious that I am the only thing standing between you and breakfast. So I want to thank you very much for your service. Australia is so proud of you; your professionalism, your commitment.

  • Thank you very much it’s actually my honour to be here as your Prime Minister, but thank you for the great work that you’re doing. You’re a long way from home; you’re showing great professionalism, great commitment and great success.

  • Thank you very much Prime Minister. I am very honoured to be here with the Chief of our Defence Forces and my party, to be here in Iraq with its very rich history.

  • I want to thank you all for the work that you are doing. You are so admired by the Australian people, indeed by the New Zealanders. We so admire your professionalism, your commitment, your courage and determination, to get the job done.

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