‘Certain Conditions’ Must be Met for Int’l Troops to Leave Afghanistan: Germany
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that he agrees with US Secretary of State Tony Blinken that certain conditions must be met before the multinational force in Afghanistan leaves the country.
“For 20 years now, German soldiers have been standing shoulder to shoulder with the American partners in Afghanistan”, Maas said. “I agree with [Secretary of State] Tony #Blinken that the certain conditions need to be met before we leave because we didn’t make all these great sacrifices over the years just to see Afghanistan descend into chaos once more.”
The United States might completely withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 1 May, but other options are also not off the table just yet, Afghan media reported on Sunday, quoting a letter sent by Blinken to Afghan President Ashraf #Ghani.
The letter reportedly contained several proposals put forward on how to accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan, including a revised deal for a 90-day reduction of violence and a #UN-facilitated_conference with #international_stakeholders, including Russia, China, India, Iran and Pakistan.
Last February, the United States and the Taliban agreed to a peace deal which contained conditions for the launch of a reconciliation process between the radical movement and the Afghan government.