Germany to open Consulate in Mazar
Fri Jul 27, 2:27 pm
The German Government announced that it will open a consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif to provide consular services to the people and businesses in the northern part of Afghanistan.
The news was published via German media including the Daily Volt according to reports from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to reports, the German consulate will open in 2013 before German military forces leave Afghanistan.
The only German diplomatic services currently offered in Afghanistan are from the German Embassy in Wazir Akbar Khan.
The Volt reports that the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif will join those offered by fifteen different countries sach as Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and India. The United States is also trying to establish a Consulate in Balkh.
The Volt report said that a building has been found for the German consulate but the purchase price has not yet been finalized.
Germany is one of the largest donor nations for Afghanistan. At the present time there are 4700 German soldiers serving with the NATO combat forces.
German officials have emphasized that they want to find peaceful solutions to Afghanistan’s problems. Guido Westerwelle, the German Foreign Minister, has said that Germany is trying to open peace talks between the Taliban and Germany. President Karzai is interested in the positive role that Germany may play in that regard.