The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), as Commander-in-Chief, paid tribute to the significant work of Australian Defence personnel in mentoring and training Afghan soldiers.
Addressing troops and Defence civilians at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul on 4 October, Sir Peter said Australian personnel are making a critical difference to the safety and security of the Afghan people.
“To the more than 270 of you deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, your efforts contribute to a better Afghan National Defence and Security Force and a stronger nation,” the Governor-General said.
“It’s the difference you make – through your knowledge, your experience, and your energy – that is so admired and respected by the entire international community.”
In Kabul, the Governor-General met with the President of Afghanistan, Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, having earlier hosted President Ghani in Canberra during his State Visit in April.
Later, Sir Peter joined Defence and Australian Embassy personnel at Resolute Support Headquarters, and acknowledged their ongoing work in support of Australia’s interests and assisting the Afghan people.
“It’s uplifting to see your extraordinary efforts in what is a challenging but important task,” the Governor-General said.
“On behalf of all Australians, thank you for what you do every day.”
The visit to Afghanistan was the third by the Governor-General as Commander-in-Chief.