Minister For Defence Visits Afghanistan

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SENATOR JOHN FAULKNER

Minister for Defence



Sunday, 25 April 2010

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Minister for Defence visits Afghanistan


During a three-day visit to Afghanistan the Minister for Defence, Senator John

Faulkner, has met Afghan Minister for Defence, Minister Wardak, and Afghan

Minister for the Interior, Minister Atmar, in Kabul to discuss Australia’s training

mission in Oruzgan province.


The meetings were part of a series of visits to Kabul, Australia’s base at Tarin

Kowt and Kandahar.  He discussed the progress of the stabilisation of

Afghanistan with General Rodriguez, Commander ISAF Joint Command.


Senator Faulkner also discussed NATO efforts to resolve command

arrangements in Oruzgan after the scheduled departure of the Dutch from

August 2010.


In Tarin Kowt the Minister met with Australian Commanders and members of

Mentoring Task Force 1 and visited the Police Training Centre.


“The Afghan National Army 4th Brigade is continuing to make good progress

under Australian and ISAF mentoring,” Senator Faulkner said.


“I have been delighted to see our impressive achievements here first hand,

both in terms of our efforts to build the capacity of Afghan National Security

Forces, and Australia’s ongoing involvement in reconstruction and

development,” he said.


Senator Faulkner also met with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

partners to discuss the progress of ongoing operations in the south of

Afghanistan, and members of the International Committee of the Red Cross

based in Afghanistan.


Before departing Afghanistan, Senator Faulkner visited Australia’s Rotary

Wing Group and Heron UAV reconnaissance detachment in Kandahar.


Media notes:


Vision was fed to the Canberra Press Gallery earlier this afternoon


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Media contacts:

Colin Campbell (John Faulkner):

02 6277 7800 or 0407 787 181

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664






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