Germany on Sunday opened a new consulate in northern Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan in a bid to show it’s commitment to a civilian partnership with Afghanistan after the withdrawal of all NATO troops from the country by the end of 2014.
The foreign minister of Germany, Guido Westerwelle who attended the opening ceremony fo the consulate said Germany remains committed to support Afghanistan beyond the planned exit of NATO combat troops from Afghanistan next year.
In the meantime Guido Westerwelle emphasized that Germany’s role in Afghanistan would not end and will continue its engagement in the country.
Germany has currently 4,200 combat rroops stationed mainly in northern Afghanistan.
While opening Germany’s first consulate in Afghanistan outside capital Kabul, Westerwelle said, “We will not leave Afghanistan in the lurch.”
Westerwelle also attended a ceremony for the opening of a civilian airport in Mazar-e-Sharif city, funded around 50 million euros ($65 million) by Germany.
Besides Germany is planning to keep between 600 to 800 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, and will provide up to 580 million euros per year for further development in Afghanistan.
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said, “Germany will maintain its broad civil engagement and will continue to train Afghan security forces.”