Germany won’t leave Afghanistan alone: diplomat
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The German consul general in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Saturday said Germany and Afghanistan were historic friends and his country was committed to the 100-year-old friendship.
Ole Diehl was addressing a gathering marking the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan-Germany friendship. Provincial civil and military officials, provincial council members and officials of consulates of other countries attended the ceremony.
The German consul general expressed his concern over the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, to the Taliban insurgents, and praised the Afghan security forces for clearing the city of militants during the ongoing operation.
Ole Diehl said Germany and Afghanistan were historic friends and the two countries were witness to their 100 years of friendship.
He said they were upset over the collapse of Kunduz City and friendships were maintained in difficult conditions what his country was doing.
He said the Taliban using the name of religion had been campaigning for power and material benefits, but the Afghan forces had been able to effectively combat them.
The diplomat said they were in contact with all governors of northern provinces and they would not abandon their efforts at maintaining stability and improving the situation in the north.
The German envoy said Afghanistan had an elected president and the national unity government had been trying to improve the country’s situation and Germany would not leave Afghanistan alone.
He also expressed his concern over the mass migration of skilled Afghan youth to foreign countries and warned if the migration continued with the same pace, it would have negative impact on Afghanistan’s rebuilding efforts.
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