Statement - 53rd Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Afghanistan and Australia
Today marks the 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.
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.
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. We acknowledge Australian’s sacrifices, in blood and treasure, its generous and friendly cooperation during our difficult times in Afghanistan.
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.
Once a proud vibrant nation with 9.2 million enrolled students, of which 40% of were girls, today our people suffer from the violent and oppressive regime of the Taliban and regrettably there is no chance for Afghans, especially, women and girls, to exercise and benefit from the universal conventional rights, and opportunities in political, socio-economic, and cultural fronts.
Afghans have suffered for 40 years from conflicts and insurgencies. The country once again faces its darkest days as the violent militant group of the Taliban made return in power to control Afghanistan. This marks the most tragic episode in the history of struggle and survival of the Afghan nation.
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. The interest and care which the Australian government and people have shown to make refugees feel better and safe is most exemplary. Australia’s decision to increase places for Afghan refugees under the humanitarian and migration program is a great proof of the power of human kindness and solidarity with the people of Afghanistan during these challenging times.
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Canberra extends 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.
Long live our friendship.