PM says Afghanistan was ‘worth it’

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared a ‘bitter sweet end’ to Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, saying a high price had been paid but the Australian involvement had made the country a better place.

Addressing soldiers in the main Australian base in Tarin Kowt, he said troops had done their work remarkably well with an extraordinary degree of professionalism.Cheap Nfl Jerseys From China

‘It has been worth it. This has been a very difficult commitment. People have paid a high price. We have lost 40 of our best. We mourn them, we remember them, we honour them, we want to work with their families. We will never forget them,’ he said.

Mr Abbott said this was a sweet moment as most of Australia’s soldier in Afghanistan would be home by Christmas.

It was bitter because 40 would not and Afghanistan remained a dangerous place, he said.

Mr Abbott said Afghanistan’s interior minister Omar Daudzai had pointed out that there was now education and health available in Oruzgan province.Wholesale Nfl Jerseys

‘As far as it can be in a rugged and difficult country, it is education and health for everyone including the women of Oruzgan province,’ he said.

Mr Abbott, making his fourth visit to Afghanistan but first as PM, was accompanied by Opposition leader Bill Shorten in the first ever bipartisan political visit to Afghanistan.

Mr Shorten said this was his first overseas trip as opposition leader.

‘You make us proud to be Australian. This is an uncertain place,’ he said.

‘I don’t think saying thank you is quite enough but it’s the words that we can find.

‘You can be assured that every Australian knows of this and appreciates it and honours it.’

Defence force chief General David Hurley said he was immensely proud of the work of defence personnel.

General Hurley said over the next 10 weeks, the Australian Defence Force would complete its mission in Oruzgan and most would begin to return to Australia.

‘As this process begins, we reflect on the lasting friendship that has been forged with the people of Afghanistan and ties that we have established with our Afghan and Coalition partners,’ he said.

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