Australia stands in support of Afghanistan after Kabul attack, says AUS PM

Australia’s prime minister has told Parliament that he telephoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “to restate Australia’s resolve to assist and support Afghanistan in its fight against Islamist terrorism.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday that the deadly truck explosion that killed 90 people had occurred less than one kilometer (less than a mile) from the Australian Embassy, which he had visited five weeks ago, and had left staff “very shaken.”

Lawmakers stood in silence as a mark of respect for victims during a session of Parliament attended by Afghan Ambassador to Australia Wahidullah Waissi.

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