Australia has turned down the call of collective responsibility from the US to fight against Islamic State with more military troops. The decision comes prior to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Washington, to discuss bilateral trends and rising terror of Islamic State with US President Barak Obama.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter admonished around 40 US allies, from European countries for close military cooperation after the horrendous Paris Attacks. He urged for the military commitment in the Middle East Region.
“The US has asked 40 or so other countries, including European countries, to consider expanded contributions to the coalition, following the attacks in Paris,” said spokesman on Wednesday.
This would be Turbull’s first visit, since Tony Abott expelled from the Prime Minister post; which would include talks on global security and economic ties between the nations. The two-day visit is schedule from 18th Jan.
Defense Minister Marie Payne said that the Australian government is open to consider humanitarian support and would help increase Australian Defense Force(ADF) personnel in coalition headquarters.
In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Payne’s spokesman said, “Australia has considered the request from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in light of the substantial contributions we are already making to train Iraqi security forces and to the air campaign.”
“The Government has advised Secretary Carter that our existing contributions will continue.”
US Ambassador to Australia, John Barry said that there was “no absolute disappointment” to Australia’s disapproval of military cooperation. “There is great gratitude from Washington for the role Australia has played,” said spokesman to Seven Network.
Australia has been at the active front of US-led Campaigns in Iraq and Syria, from training Iraqi forces to joint airstrikes. Every year Northern Australia is used for military campaigns and training purposes, including U.S. Marines and American Air Force strike aircraft.