Prime Minister meets Aussie troops in pre-Christmas visit to Iraq – Politics
Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at the Taji Military complex in Iraq. (AAP: David Mariuz)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has visited Australian troops in Iraq, thanking them for their service ahead of the festive season.
Mr Morrison met with around 800 Australian servicemen and women helping to train Iraqi security forces in the troubled country.
“Whether it’s what we’re doing now or what I know many of you have been doing for many, many years now, the Government thanks you, the Parliament thanks you and the other thing is the country does,” Mr Morrison told the troops.
The avid Cronulla Sharks supporter brought gifts of rugby league and Australian rules footballs.
Mr Morrison also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi on his trip.
Australia has had a presence in the region since 2001.
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