Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia condemns the “calculated and inhuman” terrorist attacks in Kabul, which left at least 72 dead.
Mr Morrison shared his condolences for the 13 American military personnel killed in the attack at Abbey Gate and said Australian forces were in the area “just hours before”.
“The sacrifice of those young Americans was part of a broader effort over the course of these many days now that has enabled Australia to engage in one of the most significant evacuation that we have ever taken part in,” he said.
“Over these nine days, we have successfully evacuated some 4,100 people from one of the most dangerous places on Earth.”
Mr Morrison said the evacuees had either been taken to a base or “have been transferred to Australia” and said the United Kingdom and the United States “made that possible”.
“Were it not for the some – 5,000 troops that they had on the ground, it would not have been possible for Australia to engage in these operations, it would not have been possible to have the Coalition forces doing what they have been doing,” he said.
“Some more than 3,200 Australians and Afghan visa holders for Australia have now been evacuated more than 800 from our coalition partners who were part of that evacuation program Australians have undertaken.”