President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was received by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia, during a splendid ceremony of honor where flag of Afghanistan was hoisted, national anthems of the two countries were played and 21 artillery projectiles were fired as honor to the President’s visit.
Both sides discussed expansion of bilateral ties and economic cooperation subsequent to ceremonial honor, introduction of senior delegation and signature of President Ghani in the memory book.
The Governor-General thanked President Ghani for his visit to Australia as the first President and recalled his own visit to Afghanistan last year. Referring to the heroism and valor of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, the Governor-General said that Australia will support the Afghan Government and people in combatting terrorism.
Highlighting the recent progress in Afghanistan, Peter Cosgrove said that lives of the Afghan people have been improved compared to the past, changes have taken place in education, employment and role of women and majority of the children attend schools. He added that Afghan people want to improve their living standards and Australia stands ready to support Afghans in this regard.
In turn, President Ghani thanked the government and people of Australia for their hospitality and warm welcome, appreciating Australian assistance to Afghanistan. The President also paid tribute to the 42 Australian soldiers who laid down their lives to combat terrorism in Afghanistan. He added that Afghanistan and Australia are two friendly countries and long-term partners.
The President pointed to the war imposed on the Afghan people, saying that Afghanistan stands at the frontline against terrorism and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are bravely fighting off this medium-term menace for the sake of stability and security of the region and world. He underscored that it requires regional and global cooperative efforts to ensure regional and global security.
Referring to roles of Afghan women in civil-military institutions, President Ghani said that role of Afghan women has been increased in various government institutions. He added that currently women play a remarkable role in the Cabinet and embassies of Afghanistan in other countries and that their role will be further increased in the future.