Germany offers help to resolve election standoff
KABUL: Visiting German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeir has offered his country’s support to resolve the protracted political impasse in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Saturday.
A MoFA statement said the purpose of Steinmeir’s visit to Kabul was to reiterate Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan for ensuring a peaceful transfer of power.
The visiting dignitary held in depth talks with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace and both leaders conferred on matters of mutual interest.
At the meeting, Karzai hoped the two presidential candidates would be able to overcome their differences over the formation of a national unity government.
Steinmeir also met his Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Usmani, who thanked Germany for its generous support of the people of Afghanistan.
Usmani also shared that the Afghans would long remember the many years of friendly ties between Kabul and Berlin.
The German minister stressed that stability and progress in Afghanistan was of immense importance to the people of Germany. “I am happy to be here at this crucial moment and be able to play a role in resolving the election crisis,” the statement quoted him as saying.
It went on to say that the German minister emphasized his country’s commitment to a post-2014 mission to train and assist Afghan security forces. (Pajhwok)