Angela Merkel Says Violence Level in Afghanistan Still Too High

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said that the level of violence remain excessive in Afghanistan.

“Bundeswehr soldiers would be prepared to stay in the war-torn country for longer if needed,” Angela Merkel said.

“Germany is prepared to stay in Afghanistan longer if it serves the mission’s success,” she told the Munich Security Conference. “The withdrawal must not end in the wrong forces gaining the upper hand there.”

The mission must give democratic and peaceful forces in Afghanistan a chance, she said.

The US signed an agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 that provides for the gradual withdrawal of all NATO forces from the country. In return, the Taliban committed to renounce violence and enter into peace talks with the government.

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