News - Afghanistan
Germany will not abandon Afghanistan after the complete withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan, German President Joachim Gauck said in Kabul Tuesday.
In a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, he emphasized that Germany will increase its assistance for the Afghan government after 2014 and supports the country's peace process.
"Our mission will change in Afghanistan after 2014, but we will continue our commitments to Afghanistan, particularly in providing civilian aid and training the Afghan security forces," Gauck said, adding that Germany will not abandon Afghanistan.
He also added that his country will support any process that is in accordance with the Afghan constitution and respects human rights in the country. President Gauck was referring to the peace process and Afghan civil society's fears that a negotiated settlement with the insurgents might involve rights concessions.
"Each process should be according to the Afghan constitution and maintain the values of human rights. We know that Afghanistan is committed to protect the achievements because they are very important for the Afghan people," he added.
Germany has more than 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of them stationed in northern Balkh and southeastern Kunduz province.