On Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan, German President Met NUG Leaders

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2017)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a quick trip to see German troops at an army post near the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan.

Steinmeier, who was accompanied by his wife, Elke Buedenbender, met with the leaders of Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG).

“The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated, not all across the country, but in some parts,” President Steinmeier said.

President Steinmeier described the bloody attack near German Embassy in Kabul “shocking”.

President Steinmeier visited President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah in separate meetings in Kabul.

The Presidential Palace, in a press release said President Ghani expressed hope for the expansion of the two countries ties in various sectors.

Ghani praised German soldiers in Afghanistan and appreciated Germany’s commitments in Warsaw and during the Brussels summit.

The Executive Office, in a press release also said the German President in his visit with CEO Abdullah, noted that they [Germany], are with the Afghan people and will continue cooperation.

Germany has about 941 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan as part of an ongoing NATO training mission known as “Resolute Support.”

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