Germany is committed to the peace process in Afghanistan, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Friday during a surprise visit to troops in Mazar-i-Sharif, where the majority of German troops are deployed.
Kramp-Karrenbauer arrived at the Bundeswehr camp in the north of the country in the early hours of the Friday morning in order to “get an overview of the current situation of the Bundeswehr contingent and the situation in Afghanistan in a direct exchange with the men and women of the Bundeswehr.”
“We are ready to continue supporting the peace process,” the defense minister said.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet in Berlin approved a 10-month extension until next January of Germany’s military mission there, a move that still has to be approved by parliament.
During her visit, Kramp-Karrenbauer said the country “urgently needs a settlement between the opposing groups of its society.”
Soldiers cannot replace these reconciliation processes, but they were “making an important contribution together with allies, especially in the north of the country,” she added.