German president: Berlin shares responsibility for Afghanistan situation

Written by The Frontier Post

BERLIN (TASS): German President Frank-Walter Ste-inmeier has called on NA-TO allies to analyze the situation in Afghanistan jointly.

Such a quick seizure of power by the Taliban “will be casting a shadow for quite a long time.” “We must look for answers together in the bloc [NATO],” he said on Tuesday. “We see a human tragedy that we bear responsibility for as well.”

“The desperation we saw in Kabul airport is a shame for the political West,” he said, commenting on videos featuring Afghans desperately clinging to departing US planes in an attempt to get inside.

After the United States announced the end of its armed operation in Afghanistan and began to withdraw its troops, the Taliban launched a large-scale offensive on the government army and by August 15 entered Kabul after meeting no resistance. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was resigning to avoid bloodshed and fled the country. Western nations are evacuating their citizens and embassy employees.

Meanwhile, Berlin is halting economic aid to Afghanistan where the Taliban group has seized power, the DPA news age-ncy reported on Tuesday citing Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas earlier warned that Germany would not provide any financial support to Afghanistan if the Tali-ban took power. According to the top diplomat, Berlin provided 430 mln euro to Afghanistan every year.

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