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Near miss for Malcolm Turnbull in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was en route to Washington from Afghanistan when a rocket hit a compound next to the palace he had visited hours earlier.

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Mr Turnbull was at the palace in Kabul on Sunday to meet with Afghanistan President Dr Ashraf Ghani.

Reuters said the rocket landed inside the Italian embassy and injured two guards.

Malcolm Turnbull is greeted by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace
Malcolm Turnbull is greeted by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The rocket attack came a day before Afghan and international officials were to meet to flesh out a plan for possible peace negotiations with the Taliban.

The embassy did not sustain major damage.

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Mr Turnbull also spoke with a number of the 250 Australian defence personnel involved in Afghanistan during his visit including military trainers and force protection officers.

He told Australian troops at Qargha, the Afghan national army officer academy, that Afghanistan's leadership enormously appreciated their work.

"You are making a real difference to the evolution of Afghanistan to a point where it can stand on its own two feet and maintain its own security," Mr Turnbull said.

The work was not only important for Afghanistan's future but in the global security effort.

The Afghan president has accepted an invitation to visit Australia this year.

AAP