Another $300m for Afghan security forces, says Turnbull

AUSTRALIA will pour another US$300 million into the Afghanistan National Army and National Police, extending the nation's support to the security forces out to 2020.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the extra support today, as part of a pledge at the NATO Leaders' Summit in Warsaw.

Australia has already poured US$500 million into the Afghan security forces from 2010 to 2017, and the extra funds would "entrench and build on the gains made" over the past decade, a statement from Mr Turnbull's office said.

The funds will be split, with $80 million going to the Afghan National Army's trust fund and $20 million for the Afghan National Police.

Australian Defence Force staff will also continue to play a role in the NATO Resolute Support mission, largely training Afghan security forces, into 2017.

Mr Turnbull's statement said the Opposition had also been briefed on the decision, consistent with the caretaker provisions in place until the election result is called.

-APN Newsdesk



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