Shortly before the Taliban came to power, Germany closed its embassy in Kabul. Under certain circumstances, this step could be reversed.
Doha (dpa) – Even after the Taliban Islamist militants came to power in Afghanistan, Germany is trying to obtain diplomatic representation in the capital, Kabul, under certain conditions.
“If this were politically possible and if the security situation permits, then Germany should again have its own embassy in Kabul,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday during a visit to Qatar. For the moment, we are in close coordination, in particular with the European partners on this subject.
“There is a great need for a diplomatic presence because we also have a lot of problems in Afghanistan,” Maas said. He spoke of the efforts to remove former Bundeswehr and federal government employees from the country. “We will have to deal with this subject for a long time. That’s why we need the contacts. “
Maas stressed, however, that the reopening of the embassy will depend on the specific policies of the Taliban and the security situation. The German government closed the embassy in Kabul after the Taliban came to power. All the dipomats have since left the country.
German diplomat Markus Potzel is currently negotiating with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha over the departure of refugees from Afghanistan. The Taliban have their political office there, which acts as a sort of foreign ministry.