Oct 16,2011 By Ghanizada - KHAAMA PRESS
Sunday, October 16, 2011 – German president Christian Wulff, following his first visit to Afghanistan announced his country’s long term support and commitment to Afghanistan.
Following a press conference with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, German president Christian Wulff said, the German forces which have been deployed under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force will leave Afghanistan by 2014, but Germany will remain committed to support Afghanistan beyond 2014 and will continue to its assistance and training of Afghan security forces and economical cooperation with the Afghan government.
While pointing towards Istanbul and Bonn Conference, Christian Wullf said, a renewed international commitment will be made by International community to Afghanistan.
He also announced Germany’s support for Afghan peace talks and said, millions of Afghans are tired of war and prefer peace in their country despite a small number of militant groups who oppose peace process in Afghanistan.
He also emphasized that the International Community including Germany will put efforts for bringing peace in Afghanistan and urged Afghan neighboring countries and Pakistan to step up their efforts for bringing peace in the country.
He also said, Afghan peace talks process and discussions with the Afghan neighboring countries will also be assessed during the Istanbul conference.
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai following the assassination of former Afghan president and chief of Afghan peace council Burhanuddin Rabbani announced to halt peace talks with the Taliban and preferred to sit in for peace talks with Pakistan.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai while praising Germany’s commitment and cooperation to Afghanistan said, Germany has been a close ally and friend of Afghanistan.
President Karzai said, Germany has been assisting Afghanistan in various fields including economy cooperation, security and reconstruction cooperation.
Christian Wullf’s visit to Afghanistan marks the first visit by a German president to Afghanistan in 44 years.
Currently, Germany has deployed around 5,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, which are mainly based in northern provinces of Afghanistan.