Malcolm Turnbull visits Afghanistan and Iraq ahead of Anzac Day

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Prime minister takes ‘invaluable opportunity’ to assess conflicts as he meets Iraqi PM, Afghan president and US defence secretary on visit to troops

Malcolm Turnbull has visited the Australian troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, while Bill Shorten is visiting Papua New Guinea for Anzac day commemorations.

The prime minister also met the Iraqi prime minister, Haider Al-Abadi, in Baghdad and the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in Kabul during the trip, as well as the US secretary of defence, James Mattis. Turnbull reiterated Australia’s commitment to defeating terrorism and working alongside the US, Nato and Afghan partners to build Afghanistan’s security institutions.

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