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Rudd pledges not to abandon Afghan without flushing militancy

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged not to abandon Afghanistan without ensuring that terrorism was under control in the war-torn nation and the territory will not be used by the terrorists as "safe haven" again.

world Updated: Mar 24, 2009 11:16 IST

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged not to abandon Afghanistan without ensuring that terrorism was under control in the war-torn nation and the territory will not be used by the terrorists as "safe haven" again.

Rudd, speaking in Washington today, was qouted by media as stating that he was understanding decreasing Australian support for the war in Afghanistan but assured that he will not take action that would allow terrorists to resume their activities and used the ravaged nation as a safe haven.

His comments came ahead of a meeting tomorrow with US president Barack Obama.

Rudd said the death of two Australian soldiers last week meant it was natural that Australians would be concerned about the ongoing troop commitment.

"I fully understand the concern of the Australian people given that we have suffered loss," Rudd said adding "that is the natural human response to what has happened there with the loss again most recently of our brave men in uniform."