Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence meet with Afghan Minister for Defense
20 February 2014
Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley and Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson this week met with the Afghan Minister for Defense, His Excellency Bismullah Mohammadi in Canberra.
Minister Mohammadi highlighted the close bond between Australia and Afghanistan that has helped the Afghan people build a more stable and secure country.
During the visit General Hurley and Mr Richardson discussed the current International Security Assistance Forces mission in Afghanistan and prospects for Afghanistan’s future.
“Our work in Uruzgan province has degraded the insurgency and allowed the Afghan National Security Forces, including the Afghan National Army 4th Brigade, to develop into a capable force able to take responsibility for security in the province,” General Hurley said.
“While Australia’s mission in Uruzgan has come to an end, Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan has not.”
Around 400 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently supporting the Afghan National Security Forces ongoing development through a nationally oriented training and advisory support mission.
In Kabul, ADF personnel are deployed as instructors, advisors, support staff and force protection elements assigned to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy as well as providing advice to the Logistics Training Advisory Team. They are also providing ongoing advisory support to the Afghan National Army’s 205 Corps Headquarters in Kandahar.
A number of Australian personnel are embedded in a range of roles in International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul and Kandahar while a number of health specialists provide support to the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar. A small number of Special Forces and other Australian Defence Force personnel are also deployed with the International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Advisory Group in 2014.
In addition, the Royal Australian Air Force has extended the deployment of the Australian Defence Force Heron remotely piloted aircraft detachment in Kandahar until mid-2014.
General Hurley and Mr Richardson also took the opportunity to reinforce the Australian Government’s commitment to Afghanistan beyond the end of the year and plans to contribute to the post-2014 NATO-led train, advise and assist mission, subject to an appropriate legal mandate.
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