Strategic pact signed with Australia.CHICAGO (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime. and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is the current deputy leader of the federal Australian Labor Party (ALP), and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament. on Monday signed a strategic partnership agreement on cooperation in security, economic development and trade.
The signing took place in Chicago, where the two leaders are attending the 25th NATO summit A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities. , at which Afghanistan's future is being debated as a central issue.
After signing the accord, Gillard told a press conference Australia would not abandon Afghanistan and her government would give Afghan forces $100 million over three consecutive years, starting after 2015.
Expressing satisfaction with the agreement, Karzai hailed Australian as "a kind friend of Afghans." Currently 1,600 Australian soldiers are based in Afghanistan, mostly in the Central Uruzgan province, and 32 of them have lost their lives so far in combat operations.
Australia was the seventh nation to sign a strategic pact with Afghanistan. Under the deal, in the area of security, Australia reaffirmed its commitment to address long-term transnational threats, including terrorism, narcotics, people smuggling People smuggling is a term which is used to describe transportation of people across international borders to a non-official entry point of a destination country for a variety of reasons. and organised crime.
It will work together with other international community members to assist Afghan forces in countering threats of international terrorist groups, and to promote the national security of Afghanistan during transition, as well as after 2014.
Afghanistan will be responsible for its own security after foreign troops leave in 2014.
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