“With the trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, we want to send a clear message: Germany is committed to the responsibility which we have assumed as the second largest donor and contributor of troops in Afghanistan,” said Maas
Germany is part of the NATO Resolute Support
mission to train Afghan security forces and has a force of about 1,200 soldiers
stationed in Afghanistan.
The German government had decided last month to extend the military mission and it offered to host a peace conference, to include participation by the Taliban.
According to Mr. Maas, “peace is possible in
He refers to elections as a sign of progress: “The landmark presidential elections in Afghanistan are scheduled for July, and there has been movement in the quest for a peace process with the Taliban, also thanks to the US initiative.”
It is worth mentioning that the German mission is
largely dependent on US infrastructure in Afghanistan
After Afghanistan, Maas will also visit Pakistan this week.