Chancellor Angela Merkel has commented on the situation in Afghanistan – but only internally for the time being. She is apparently relying on help from Turkey to take in refugees.
Berlin – Angela Merkel has reportedly made internal statements on the dramatic situation in Afghanistan – indirectly criticizing the USA and referring to the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and Turkey when taking in refugees. “There was a domino effect after the withdrawal of the troops,” said the Chancellor after information from the picture in the CDU presidium. “We are experiencing bitter hours, now we have to concentrate on the rescue,” she said.
The withdrawal was ultimately decided by the Americans. Washington’s move also had “domestic political reasons”. “There is a great dependency on each other that has to be endured even in moments like this,” she added, according to the report.
Looking at the terrifying scenes at Kabul airport – where thousands of people are desperately hoping to escape from the advancing Taliban at the last minute – Merkel said, according to the report, that the situation shows “what we can and what we can’t”. Securing the airport is only possible with the help of US troops.
Afghanistan: Merkel comments – Chancellor apparently wants Erdogan to help refugees
The Bundestag is now also to adopt a mandate for evacuation measures for the Bundeswehr – however, the move is only to be approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and then by parliament. In view of the late action, there was some fierce criticism from the opposition on Monday. The radical Islamist Taliban had taken Afghanistan at an enormous pace in the past few days.
Meanwhile, Merkel also looked at how the refugees were dealt with in the CDU committee. Germany has an interest in people being cared for “locally”. To the picture-According to the report, the Chancellor once again seemed to see Turkey as a host country: One must “work closely with Turkey”, she said. The country of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is already playing a decisive role for the EU when it comes to accepting refugees from Syria – but repeatedly uses the deal as a means of political pressure.
Afghanistan: Merkel’s spokesman expresses himself – Bundeswehr in “great concern”
An official statement also followed on Monday lunchtime. The most important goal at the moment is to get the last German citizens and “as many of the Afghan local staff as possible out of the country and to safety,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. Merkel will be kept informed. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) canceled all appointments for this week due to developments in Afghanistan.
The German government rejected allegations that it had remained inactive for too long in Afghanistan, despite the advance of the radical Islamic Taliban. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said on Monday in Berlin that procedures for evacuating vulnerable Afghan local workers have been in progress for months. “It is true that our assessment of how the situation will develop was wrong,” he admitted, however.
The situation in Afghanistan is causing the Bundeswehr “great concern,” said Seibert. She is worried “about the fate of individual Afghans, but also about the development of the country as a whole”. Seibert spoke of a “bitter development” especially “against the background of the longstanding commitment of the Western community of states” in the country. The government spokesman did not want to take stock of the operation – initially saving the threatened people was in the foreground. He pointed out that the operation had been carried out together with the allies. “The balance of this mission will have to be drawn together – honestly, but also critically,” said Seibert.
Afghanistan and the flight from the Taliban: CDU politicians are calling for help – but not in Germany
CDU leader Armin Laschet also called for the refugees in the region around Afghanistan to be looked after. The EU must “work to ensure that aid has priority there,” Laschet wrote on Twitter. “Most people will flee to neighboring countries,” he wrote. The international community must therefore “support the neighboring countries and help to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe”.
“We shouldn’t argue about party politics in Germany,” he added aloud picture in the CDU meeting. Previously, there had already been violent allegations against the federal government. “Now it’s about the deployment of the Bundeswehr. We are going to see terrible pictures in the coming weeks. Executions. “
CDU Vice Julia Klöckner expressed her disappointment about the US and Canada’s approach before the meeting. She warned that refugee movements like the one in 2015 should not be repeated, but at the same time pointed to the dangers for the civilian population in Afghanistan. That is why the agreement in the international community is so important. In 2015 and afterwards, a large refugee movement to Germany led to a serious domestic political crisis. Everyone knew what it meant, especially for women and girls, that the militant Islamist Taliban bombed the country “back into the Middle Ages without much resistance from the government troops there. That means rape, that means humiliation, that means in the end: No school, no degree, especially for women and girls, ”said Klöckner. (fn / dpa)
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