| 28 May 2024, Tuesday |

Germany ties diplomatic presence in Kabul to human rights, security

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday that Germany is ready to reestablish diplomatic relations with Kabul if the Taliban agree to specific criteria.

“We want to see an inclusive government (in Kabul), respect for fundamental human and women’s rights – and Afghanistan must not become a breeding ground for international terrorism again,” Maas said in Slovenia, where he met with EU counterparts to discuss Afghanistan following the end of the international mission and the Taliban’s takeover of power.

“If these requirements are met, and the security situation allows for it, we are ready to resume a diplomatic presence in Kabul,” he said.

Unlike Russia and China, the EU and most Western countries have closed their embassies in Kabul, reducing their opportunities to directly influence any new government there.

The foreign ministers were following in the tracks of EU defense ministers, who had met earlier in the day for talks also focusing on ways to prevent similar crises from spiraling out of control in future.

“There is a new reality in Afghanistan, whether we like it or not,” Maas said. “We don’t have the time to lick our wounds. If the EU is to play a role, which it should do, we have to act fast and very quickly find a common position on Afghanistan.”

  • Reuters