Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne says the government is “very pleased” about the first successful Australian airlift from Afghanistan which arrived this morning.
“We’re very pleased that the first Australian airlift from Afghanistan successfully landed this morning, having left Kabul International Airport at about 7:20am our time today,” Ms Payne said.
“There will be more flights in coming days. We’re working closely with our international partners to make arrangements for those flights.”
She said she particularly would like to thank the ADF, the officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Home Affairs for their work in the “very complex and challenging environment at Hamid Karzai International Airport”.
“We also acknowledge those partners who have secured the airport under difficult circumstances, enabling those flights to go in and out. It is very difficult, and continues to be very difficult, for people to get to the airport and to access the airport.”