Germany calls for a gradual withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan

Germany calls for a gradual withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan

Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from Afghanistan earlier than planned.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on NATO for a coordinated withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

“The Bundeswehr is committed to its commitments in Afghanistan. I continue to expect the partners to leave this country together and coordinate their steps in this regard,” she said in a videoconference with NATO counterparts on Twitter on Friday 23 October.

US President Donald Trump in early October announced his intention to withdraw the remaining American soldiers from Afghanistan by Christmas — well ahead of schedule. As part of an agreement with the Islamic radical Taliban, the United States has pledged to phase out its soldiers from Afghanistan by May 2021. In return, the Taliban promised to start peace talks with the government in Kabul.

Link the withdrawal of troops to the fulfillment of conditions

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, at the end of consultations of the defense ministers of the alliance countries, also announced the intention of NATO countries to coordinate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

“We will leave together when the time is right,” he said, stressing that the withdrawal of troops must be linked to the fulfillment of a number of conditions. Stoltenberg acknowledged that NATO was faced with a dilemma over the withdrawal of troops since the successes achieved in the Hindu Kush could be threatened.

With the cessation of NATO combat operations in Afghanistan in December 2014, the alliance is represented in the Hindu Kush only as part of the Resolute Support training and support mission. Currently, as part of this mission, about 12 thousand soldiers are stationed in the Hindu Kush, including 1150 from Germany.

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