German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on her surprise visit to Afghanistan said her country will not rule out the possibility of sending more troops to Afghanistan if the security situation worsens.
Deutsche Welle quoted Annegret that the current mandate ceiling o 13,300 should be sufficient for the next few months.
If the security deteriorates further then Germany will “ have to talk about a completely new mandate” The German Defense Minister added.
During his stay in a German base in Mazar-i-Sharif, she said her country is ready to continue peace efforts and the peace process in Afghanistan.
She said German soldiers cannot replace these reconciliation processes, but they were “making an important contribution together with allies, especially in the north of the country,”, adding that “We stand ready to continue to support the peace process. The protection of our soldiers has a very high priority in view of the security situation, and all necessary measures are taken together with our partners,”.
Earlier, the German government on Wednesday agreed to extend its military mandate in Afghanistan by at least another 10 months.
Officials in Germany agreed to extend the military mandate in Afghan Afghanistan by at least another 10 months.
The new draft mandate still requires the approval of Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, Deutsche Welle reported.
The current mandate is expected to expire by end of this March, the new draft agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet will allow German troops to stay in the country beyond until 31, 2022, DW said in their report.