Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani's Message:
This year we are celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations between Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Commonwealth of Australia.
Both nations share a friendly and long-standing relationship over the last two centuries. It can be traced back as far as the 1860s when Afghan cameleers moved to Australia. A large diaspora of the people of Afghanistan in Australia today enriches the relationship between the two nations.
Political engagement since 30 March 1969 between our countries has contributed to greater cooperation in the areas of military, security, socio-economic development and people to people contact.
Afghanistan’s people appreciate Australia’s assistance to the country since 2001, which has been instrumental for economic development and humanitarian assistance. Australia has been an indispensable partner in the international community’s engagement for a secure and stable Afghanistan.
Our tributes to the 42 Australians who have paid ultimate sacrifice in the war against international terrorism in Afghanistan. By sacrificing their blood, they have created a bond that will never vanish from our memory or our collective consciousness.
We thank the 25,000 Australian men and women in uniform who served in our nation. They have made a big difference by joining us in frontline of defence of freedom and a guard against spread of terror and extremism.
Australia has provided generous assistance of over a billion dollars, which made enormous difference to the conditions of children and women and to the opportunities provided to our youth.
Currently, a huge number of students from Afghanistan are busy studying in Australian universities. This is a significant contribution in rebuilding Afghanistan that will help further enhance our relations in the future. Our bonds continue to strengthen and expand to new heights.