Australia is considering sending officials back to Afghanistan less than a month after leaving the country.
The last Australian troops and diplomats departed Kabul in mid-June as allied troops withdrew from the war-torn nation.
Their hasty retreat raised eyebrows among international partners.
It also limited Australia’s ability to gather intelligence and monitor the resurgence of the Taliban.
But Australian civilian, military and intelligence officers could return to Afghanistan within months.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s re-entry would occur as soon as it was safe to do so.
“We always have made it clear that were we in a position to safely have Australians in Afghanistan providing a support to our efforts there then we would,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
“And so, were it safe to do that, we always have been open…