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In December 2014, Mr Ric Wells was appointed as Australia's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, demonstrating the Government's commitment to coordinated and effective regional and international diplomacy. Mr Wells replaced Australia’s former Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr Paul Grigson, who served in the role from 2013-2014.
Prime Minister The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP visited Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel working in Afghanistan and thanked them for their service. Australians serving in Afghanistan are playing a vital role supporting the security and development of Afghanistan. The Prime Minister met with Afghan President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah to discuss Afghanistan’s political and security outlook.