MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Australian Government today announced it will continue to support the security of Afghanistan and will join other nations in pledging ongoing financial assistance at the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Warsaw from 8 to 9 July.
Since 2010, Australia has been a leading contributor to the sustainment of the Afghan security forces, with a total commitment of US$500 million from 2010 to 2017.
Australia will extend its US$100 million annual commitment to the Afghan National Army and National Police until 2020 in order to entrench and build on the gains made in Afghanistan over the past decade.
The commitment includes an US$80 million contribution to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund and a $20 million contribution to the Afghan National Police.
It is vital to continue to build the capacity of the Afghan security forces to defend the Afghan people against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.
It is important to continue our commitment to our international responsibilities and help prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.
This decision will reinforce Australia’s role as a constructive partner in broader international efforts in Afghanistan and the region.
We will also maintain support for the Afghanistan security forces through our Australian Defence Force contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
Australian Defence Force personnel will continue to work alongside their counterparts from 39 other nations in non-combat roles into 2017.
There are currently around 270 ADF personnel deployed to Afghanistan, providing training, advice and assistance to Afghan security forces essential for the stability of Afghanistan.
In line with caretaker protocols, the Opposition has been briefed regarding this commitment.
CAPTION: Australian Army Major Christian Van Den Bosch shows Afghan National Army soldiers from the 205 Hero Corps an Australian-made “Greengum” radio-frequency jammer that disrupts signals that trigger improvised explosive devices. Photo by Corporal Max Bree
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