Posted September 06, 2018 06:16:38 Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is “shocked” by the US response in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, and said he was “not ready to abandon” Australia’s fight against terrorism.
Speaking in Melbourne, Mr Abbott said the United States had responded to the attacks “in a way that I think is very unhelpful to Australia”.
“I think that the United Kingdom is a strong ally in the fight against ISIL,” he said.
“But we also know that we’re not ready to surrender our fight against ISIS to the Americans in a way I think that is very unwarranted and I think we’re prepared to stand with Australia and with the international community in terms of our resolve to defeat this threat.”
The prime minister said the Australian public would be “welcomed” by US President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Nations in September.
Mr Abbott, who will meet Mr Trump in New York, said the US president’s visit would highlight “Australia’s resolve” to fight terrorism.
“I’m not ready for Australia to abandon the fight, and I don’t think the American people are,” Mr Abbott told ABC Radio.
“They are a strong and determined ally in our fight, but we’re also aware that we have a responsibility to the Australian people.”
Mr Trump, who is set to meet Mr Abbott in New Jersey later this month, is expected to emphasise his commitment to Australia’s security.
Mr Trump said the “tremendous damage” to the US and its allies was caused by a “failed policy” of “losing” in the Middle East.
“We have to be a force for good in the world,” Mr Trump said during his first address to the nation since the attacks.
“And we are, and will be.”