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Australia Proud to Work With Afghanistan, Continues Support: PM Turnbull

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(Last Updated On: April 5, 2017)

CaptureAustralian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has called President Ghani’s visit from Canberra a “historic” opportunity to discuss over security and development cooperation.

“This historic visit underscored the growing partnership between our nations and has been a valuable opportunity to discuss our ongoing security and development cooperation,” said Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull said.

Turnbull said his country will continue military and none-military cooperation with Afghanistan.

“As part of the international coalition, we are continuing our commitment to Afghanistan with ADF personnel currently deployed to support the NATO-led Train, Advise and Assist Resolute Support mission. This includes annual support for Afghanistan’s National Security and Defence Forces (ANSDF),” Turnbull said.

He also noted about Australia’s cooperation in fighting against corruption and creating opportunities of Afghan women.

“Under this Partnership, we agreed to establish new areas of cooperation, including an economic infrastructure advisory facility to scope and develop critical economic infrastructure in partnership with international development banks. We also agreed a range of measures to empower women and girls, improve agricultural productivity and the management of water, train Afghan civil servants and support anti-corruption initiatives,” Turnbull added.

In the meantime, President Ghani has paid tribute to the 42 Australians who paid the ultimate sacrifice and thanked the 18, 500 Australians who served with enormous dignity, honour and courage in his country.

“Australia’s unique among our partners because it’s defined the problem of terrorism and its defence strategy as a 20-year challenge, that medium-term perspective is enormously important so that we understand, coordinate and focus,” President Ghani said.

Ghani also pointed at the insecure situation of Urozgan province that the Australian forces were deployed there and the ongoing challenges.

“Well the first issue is that there were reversals in Uruzgan. Uruzgan is not going to be lost. We’re determined. The arrangements for the reverse came because of corruption and mismanagement,” President Ghani added.

42 Australians soldiers died in Afghanistan and much of their effort went into operations in the Uruzgan province.

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Pakistan’s PM renews call for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reiterated calls for the international community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Khan said in a tweet that under the UN Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), it was obligatory to help protect people from the mass-scale humanitarian crisis left in the wake of a prolonged conflict.

“Right now millions of Afghan people are in danger of starvation,” he said adding it was the “duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.”

UN agencies have warned that more than 23 million people are at risk of starvation if aid is not provided.

Earlier this month, the UN agencies launched a call for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its biggest-ever international appeal. The US responded with a donation of $308 million to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.

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IEA delegation arrives in Norway for humanitarian talks

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Representatives of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) arrived in Norway on Saturday (January 22) for three days of talks due to start on Sunday (January 23) on how to alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

Millions of Afghans have been plunged deeper into poverty since last year’s IEA takeover, which resulted in disruption to aid programmes and deteriorating food security.

The IEA representatives will meet Norwegian authorities as well as diplomats from several other countries from January 23 to January 25.

“These meetings do not represent a legitimisation or recognition of the Taliban [IEA]. But we must talk to the de facto authorities in the country,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

According to the Norwegian foreign ministry, meetings will also take place between the IEA delegation and Afghan civil society members, including women leaders, journalists, and “individuals working to safeguard human rights and address humanitarian, economic, social and political issues”.

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UN chief says IEA must respect human rights in order to be recognized

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Laying out his priorities for 2022, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has to respect human rights in order to obtain international recognition.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Guterres stated that it was “absolutely essential” for the IEA “to have full respect for the rights of women and girls and to have a positive approach to human rights in general” in order to obtain international recognition and “getting international support for their own people.”

“To provide a lifeline of help for the Afghan people, inject cash to avoid an economic meltdown, ensure full respect of international humanitarian law and human rights — particularly for women and girls — and effectively fight terrorism,” he said.

UN Secretary-General spoke about global issues as well. Referring to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, a morally bankrupt global financial system, the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security, he told the General Assembly that “we face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries.”

“Now is not the time to simply list and lament challenges. Now is the time to act. All these challenges are, at heart, failures of global governance.”

On the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Guterres said, “diplomacy is the way to solve problems. Of course, any invasion by one country to another country is against international law, and I hope that this, of course, will not happen in the present circumstances. I am convinced it will not happen. And I strongly hope to be right.”

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