Friday, September 17, 2021

Australian Prime Minister condemns Taliban’s claim that Australian soldiers died in vain

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the Taliban’s claim that 41 Australian soldiers died in Afghanistan was disgusting and untrue.

The prime minister rebuked the Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen for his remarks, who made inflammatory remarks earlier this week.

Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Friday: “This is disgusting and untrue, but I am not surprised by the Taliban’s disgraceful statement.”

“They should know that the whole world is watching them, and they want them to fulfill the statement they made.”

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On August 20, 2021, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Parliament Building in Canberra, Australia. (Rohan Thomson/Getty Images)

He said that the Taliban’s promise to let people leave Afghanistan safely needs to be fulfilled.

“Trust is important,” the prime minister said.

“We will do our best to ensure that they seek to build this trust, because at this stage you can have any trust in the Taliban and there is a deficit in the account.”

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On Friday, Morrison and US President Joe Biden discussed the Afghan attack and the country’s future issues on the phone.

Morrison said that Biden was scheduled to meet with some American service personnel injured in the Kabul attack and asked him to convey Australia’s condolences and thank them and his family.

On Thursday, a group of U.S. Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Biden, urging him to publish the complete, unedited and unedited transcript of the phone conversation with the exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in July. Fleeing Kabul on August 15 allowed the Taliban to take the capital without opposition.

Author: Matt Coughlan. Epoch Times reporter Carden Pearson contributed to this report.

Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Australian Prime Minister condemns Taliban's claim that Australian soldiers died in vain
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