Maas: Afghanistan threatens humanitarian disaster in winter |

Millions of people in Afghanistan already depend on humanitarian aid from abroad. Heiko Maas also warns that the situation is likely to worsen in the coming months.

Kranj (dpa) – According to Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, there is a threat of “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan during the coming winter.

To avoid this, we must act quickly, the SPD politician said on Friday after consultations with colleagues from other EU countries in Slovenia. The possibilities for this are stabilization measures and development cooperation.

At the same time, Maas warned the Taliban against violating basic conditions formulated by the EU on a Franco-German initiative after they took power. For example, they want the Taliban to form a government with the participation of other political forces in the country and to ensure respect for human rights.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres had already called on Tuesday that due to the severe drought and looming severe winter in Afghanistan, additional food, shelter and medical aid needed to be provided urgently in the country. “I urge everyone involved to provide safe and unhindered access to life-saving aid, as well as to all humanitarian workers – men and women,” he said.

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