Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has condemned the suicide bombings in Kabul that killed several Afghan civilians and 13 US Defense Forces.
The Pentagon confirmed that the attacks involved explosives by a suicide bomber near the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport and another at the Baron’s Hotel. ISIS members opened fire after the bombings.
The prime minister said he conveyed his deepest condolences on behalf of the Australian people in a letter to US President Joe Biden on Friday morning.
“Australia condemns the horrific, deliberate and inhumane attacks on the innocent and brave overnight in Kabul,” Morrison said. told reporters From Parliament House in Canberra on Friday. “We join our American and Afghan friends in mourning their terrible and terrible loss.”
“We are especially attentive to the 13 US Defense Forces personnel who were murdered at the AB Gate in HKIA. A gate at which Australian Defense Force personnel were standing only a few hours earlier,” he said.
Morrison said American service personnel were dedicated to protecting lives, “but lost themselves in providing a path to freedom for others.”
Australia had successfully completed its operation to evacuate about 4,100 people from Kabul, by the time the attack took place.
Foreign Minister Maris Payne said no Australian defense or public service personnel were injured, however, the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was unable to confirm whether any Australians were affected by the blasts.
Payne announced new travel advice that Australian evacuation flights from Kabul have stopped.
“Don’t travel to the airport. If you are around, move to a safer place,” she said, adding that the official travel advisory provided you with the contact details of the consular officers.
“I encourage those who are in Kabul who have not registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,” she said.
The foreign minister paid tribute to Australian soldiers and officers in what he described as “one of the largest humanitarian air operations” in the country’s history.
Many of those evacuated live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with arrangements being made for repatriation to Australia. Morrison said he spoke to UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed overnight to thank him for his support.
“I want to applaud all the people who are part of that operation on the ground, whether they are wearing uniforms, or are civilians in our public service,” Morrison said. “I wanted to commend him first and foremost for his bravery; for their sacrifice. “
Defense Minister Peter Dutton did not rule out sending defense forces back to Afghanistan if the allies, the United States and the United Kingdom, requested.
“We will see what Americans have to say in the days to come. The focus at this time is on making sure that Americans, Britons and those in Kabul can be raised safely. That is the only focus for the time being,” said Dutton. .
He thanked US forces, saying Australia could not have recovered a single person without the efforts of US personnel securing the airport.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times