Germany’s reconstruction effort to continue in north: Envoy
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The German consul general in northern Balkh province on Monday said his country would continue carrying out reconstruction projects in northern Afghanistan like it did in the past.
Dr. Robert Klinke was addressing a gathering marking German Unity Day here. Government and security officials, provincial council members and civil society activists from northern provinces attended the event.
The head of the German Consulate, Klinke told the gathering that Germany and Afghanistan enjoyed historic relations. “Afghanistan is close to the minds and hearts of German people,” the diplomat said.
He said Germany had assisted northern Afghanistan in diverse fields over the past 13 years and his country would continue to do so in future.
Besides assisting the Afghan government in maintaining security in the north, Berlin would continue its support in areas of rule of law, schools, roads construction and public health affairs, he said.
The Consul General said Germany and Afghanistan had common enemy namely terrorism and hundreds of German soldiers had been fighting against the menace alongside their Afghan partners.
Referring to illegal Afghan migrants seeking asylum in Germany, Klinke said the two countries were jointly working on the matter.
He said the German and Afghan governments were making joint efforts to deport from Germany the Afghans who had chosen illegal ways to stay in the European country and did not need political asylum.
Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s message was read out at the gathering by Revenue Director and acting governor Mohammad Ishaq Sarwari. In his message, Noor said the relationship between Germany and Afghanistan was more than a century-old.
The governor acknowledged a number of big welfare projects had been completed in Balkh with German assistance.
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