Ambassador to Afghanistan

Media release

10 August 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Jonathan Philp as Australia's next Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Mr Philp will take up his appointment in October 2012, replacing Mr Paul Foley who has been Ambassador since December 2009.

Mr Philp is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was until recently Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch. Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary, Consular Operations Branch.

He has previously served overseas as Ambassador to Turkey; Deputy Head of Mission, Burma and postings to Saudi Arabia, Vientiane, London, Nairobi and Madrid.

Mr Philp holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University. He speaks Arabic and French.

Australia has a significant relationship with Afghanistan, including commitments to work together on security, counter-terrorism, expanding development, economic and political relations and enhancing local capacity to protect human rights.

Australia has committed US$100 million annually for three years from 2015 as part of international efforts to support the Afghan National Security Forces beyond transition.

Australia's aid to Afghanistan will also increase from $165 million to $250 million per year by 2015-16. The increased assistance would support basic service delivery in health and education, improved productivity and livelihoods in agriculture and rural development, and better governance and public financial management.

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