Australia and Afghanistan mark 53 years of diplomatic relations

BYYasir Rehman


Embassy of Afghanistan in Australia on behalf of people of Afghanistan, has expressed its sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Australia for their support during all thick and thins as both nations are celebrating 53rd anniversary of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan-Australia.

“Since its establishment in 1969, both nations have stood with each other & marked a turning point in the history of their bilateral relations” Afghan embassy said in a statement on March 31.

“The people of both nations share a friendly and long-standing relationship which can be traced back as far as the 1860s, when the Afghan Cameleers came to Australia to contribute to the carriage of explorer, assistance in transportation and outback development”, statement read.

Over the past 20 years, Australia has been a strong contributor to the fight against international terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan through its diplomatic, defence and international development engagement.

Over 25,000 Australian service men and women have worked to support Afghanistan in its battle to eradicate the threat of international terrorism and extremism since 2001.

“We acknowledge Australian’s sacrifices, in blood and treasure, its generous and friendly cooperation during our difficult times in Afghanistan”, statement further said.

Two-Afghan cameleers in Australia circa-1890

Throughout their bilateral relations, both Afghanistan and Australia, have built strong links across development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, women and girls’ education, refugees, diaspora, and people to people contact.

“We appreciate Australia’s generous assistance to the people of Afghanistan in response to the severe humanitarian crises. Due to the recent developments in Afghanistan, many Afghans and their families were forced to leave their home to avoid persecution”, Afghan embassy said in the statement.

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Canberra also extended its sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Australia who have stood with us during the past 20 years and throughout those difficult times during and after 15th August, 2021. 

“As we enter our 53rd anniversary, let us reflect upon our flourishing diplomatic relationship in the past and safeguard its strength for generations to come and look forward to enhancing it into the future”, statement concluded.

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