German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is also of vital importance to Afghanistan.
Merkel held a joint press conference ahead of her meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Merkel said they would also discuss the situation in Afghanistan at the meeting and that Germany wanted to withdraw local personnel in Afghanistan.
Merkel stressed that it is important for Kabul airport to be operational again and that talks are underway with Qatar and Turkey on this issue.
Expressing that the German government is ready to provide technical assistance in this regard, Merkel said: “This airport is also vital for Afghanistan because otherwise no medical and humanitarian aid will reach it”. noted.
Merkel explained that in order to keep in constant contact with the Taliban, they had talks with some countries like France, England, the Netherlands, Italy on how to have a (diplomatic) presence temporary or stronger in Kabul or the region and how to work together as Europeans.
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“Now that has to be distinguished from any diplomatic recognition. It’s just about having people or diplomats nearby to talk to the Taliban,” Chancellor Merkel said. used the expression.
Emphasizing that they are focusing on the situation of Afghan personnel and their families, Merkel noted that their number is not 300, but 10,000 to 40,000.
Austrian Prime Minister Kurz shared the information that they have increased humanitarian aid for Afghanistan and countries in the region.
When asked if Austria is ready to take in a number of refugees, Kurz said his position on this issue is clear and that has not changed.
Stating that Austria has done a lot and accepted many Afghans before, Kurz noted that they have the fourth largest Afghan community per capita in the world.