Australia's PM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

October 3, 2010 08:05

Australia's prime minister met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged to continue supporting the US-led mission there in her first overseas trip as the nation's leader.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Australian troops in southern Uruzgan province on Saturday, before flying to Kabul to meet with Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, the commander for NATO's troops in Afghanistan, her office said in a statement Sunday.Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, and Petraeus discussed plans for transferring the responsibility for security in Afghanistan to Afghan forces.

"General Petraeus confirmed that all elements of the US-led surge in Afghanistan were now in place and was being given time to complete its mission," her office said.

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