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Mr Christopher Langman

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Message from the Prime Minister

Ramadan 2015

I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Ramadan.

Marking the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramadan is a time for forgiveness, reflection and the renewal of faith.

It is a time for charity, generosity and kindness towards others.

The practices of Ramadan reflect a deep commitment, and I respect the devotion and discipline of all who fast for their faith.

Ramadan is also a time for strengthening bonds between family and friends as Iftar dinners are shared to break the fast each day.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution of the Muslim-Australian community to our nation.

We live in a country that has long been an exemplar of how people of different faiths and cultures can not only live harmoniously together but find unity in diversity.

I send my best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan.

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister of Australia

رسالة من رئيس الوزراء

رمضان 2015

يسرني أن أتوجه إليكم بهذه الرسالة بمناسبة شهر رمضان المبارك، الشهر الذي أنزل فيه القرآن على النبي محمد.
إن شهر رمضان هو شهر المغفرة والتأمل وتجديد الإيمان. إنه وقت الجود والكرم والتراحم.
تعكس شعائر شهر رمضان التزامًا عميقًا، وإنني أحترم إخلاص وانضباط من يصومون هذا الشهر بوازع الإيمان.
وكذلك فإن رمضان هو وقت تعزيز الروابط بين العائلات والأصدقاء الذين يتشاركون الإفطار كل يوم.
لامتنا إنني أغتنم هذه الفرصة لأشيد بدور المسلمين في المجتمع الأسترالي وما يقدمونه من إسهامات عظيمة.
لا يزال بلدنا، ومنذ أمد بعيد، مثالاً لتعايش أفراد من أديان وثقافات مختلفة في وئام، بل ويحققون في الوقت ذاته وحدتهم من خلال هذا التنوع.
إنني أتوجه بأطيب التهاني لكل من يحيي شعائر شهر رمضان المبارك.

دولة/ توني أبوت
رئيس وزراء أستراليا

2015 يونيو 19

Foreign Minister announces $8 million in food assistance for Iraq at the Meeting of the Global Coalition to Combat Daesh

The Hon Ms Julie Bishop MP
Media release
2 June 2015

Today I will attend a meeting in Paris of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Combat Daesh. The meeting will be co-chaired by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi, French Foreign Minister Fabius and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The Australian Government is committed to working with our international partners to combat Daesh, which represents a serious threat to international security. Today’s meeting is critical to agree on a strategy and vision for fighting Daesh. I will reaffirm Australia's commitment to the global coalition, emphasising our significant military and humanitarian assistance. I will also hold discussions with a range of leaders and ministers, including Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi and UK Foreign Secretary Hammond.

Australia is contributing more than 300 Australian Defence Force personnel to the Building Partner Capacity mission in Iraq, to build the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces. Our personnel are also advising and assisting the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service and conducting air operations against Daesh in Iraq.

I am also pleased to announce that Australia will contribute a further $8 million to the World Food Programme in Iraq to deliver urgent food assistance to people in need. This will bring Australia’s total humanitarian response to the crisis in Iraq to $30 million since June 2014. We have also provided $155.8 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria crisis since 2011.

Prime Minister Abbott Announces Australian Contribution to the “Building Partner Capacity” mission in Iraq

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia
3 March 2014

“The Australian Government has decided to commence the preparation of a military force to contribute to a building partner capacity training mission in Iraq. This follows requests from the Iraqi and from the United States governments. This decision marks the next phase of Australia's contribution to the international coalition to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat the Daesh or ISIL death cult. We have slowed Daesh's advance but Iraq's regular forces now require support to build their capacity to reclaim and to hold territory. The numbers that Australia will commit to this mission are still to be finalised but it is anticipated that the force will involve about 300 Australian Defence Force personnel. There will be a training team with command force protection and support elements and the Australian build partner capacity force will be working closely with personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force. We will join international partners including the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands in training the Iraqi security forces.

I want to stress that we haven't taken this decision lightly. Ultimately, it is Iraq that must defeat the death cult but we do not want to leave the Iraqis on their own. We are naturally reluctant as a peace-loving people to reach out to far-away conflicts but, as we know, this conflict has been reaching out to us for months now.

The Government's decision has the support of the Prime Minister of Iraq and it responds to a formal request from the United States to contribute specific Australian Defence Force capabilities to this international coalition. I did speak to Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq last week following up the discussions that I had with him in January on my visit to Baghdad. Last week he reiterated his request for Australia's support and expressed his gratitude for the decision that we were at that stage contemplating.

We are part of an international coalition of some 60 countries including Iraq's Arab neighbours. It is right that we make a prudent and proportionate contribution to this effort to keep Iraq safe, to wrest back control of Iraqi territory from the death cult and, in so doing, to contribute to the safety and security of this country and the wider world. Again, I stress, the death cult has been reaching out to our country with about 100 Australians fighting with Daesh and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and about another 150 here at home supporting these extremists so this commitment is a matter of domestic as well as international security and I stress this is absolutely and utterly in Australia's national interests to do this.”

Link to official press conference

Declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq

02 March 2015

The area of Mosul district, Ninewa province in Iraq, has been declared a designated area under section 119.3 of the Criminal Code. This means it will be an offence under Australian law to enter, or remain in, Mosul district without a legitimate purpose.

Declaring Mosul district under the criminal code follows the declaration of Al-Raqqa province in Syria in December 2014. The city of Mosul is the largest city controlled by Daesh in Iraq.

Media release: Declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq

Australians are reminded that the Australian Government’s travel advice for all of Iraq remains “Do Not Travel”. We strongly advise you not to travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous security situation. Australians in Iraq, including in Iraqi Kurdistan, should depart immediately while commercial flights continue to operate.

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