BERLIN, ($1=0.84 Euros) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved talks with Taliban supporters to continue the evacuation of Afghan citizens, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing DW.
“As for the Taliban, then, of course, we have to talk to them, because that’s exactly what we have to deal with now,” DW was quoted as saying by Merkel during a press conference on September 5 in Hagen [North Rhine-Westphalia]. According to her, such a dialogue is needed to continue the evacuation of needy Afghans.”We want to bring out of the country people who have worked, in particular, for German development organizations and now feel threatened,” the German head of government added, noting that such a dialogue would allow
At the same time, Merkel called a “good signal” that Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul has recently reopened to flights.
It is noted that in this she was supported by the candidate for the post of German Chancellor from the HDZ / HSS bloc Armin Laschet, who accompanied Merkel on a trip to Hagen, and also expressed support for negotiations with the Taliban.
DW noted that Merkel’s comment followed a publication in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper in which a spokesman for the movement, Zabihula Mujahid, said the group would like to establish “strong and formal diplomatic relations with Germany”.
In addition, earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also called for talks with the Taliban and allowed financial assistance to Afghanistan under their rule under certain conditions. In particular, if a government consisting not only of the Taliban is formed in the country, human rights will be respected and Afghanistan will not become a “stronghold of terrorism.” “Afghanistan is a new reality, whether we like it or not. And we no longer have time to lick our wounds,” Mas said on September 2nd.
The situation in Afghanistan
After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.
His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.
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