By: Lailuma Noori
German parliament has approved the government’s new draft plan for extension of its military presence for another year in Afghanistan.
The German parliament approved the mandate the other day. The mandate allows the German army to keep its 1,300 troops in Afghanistan as part of NATO Resolute Support mission until 31 January 2022.
The current parliamentary mandate for the German operation expires at the end of March. Germany is the only NATO’s member country that has extended its military mission in Afghanistan.
The German government has warned that a premature withdrawal of NATO troops could jeopardize those peace talks, adding that NATO troops would need to prepare for Taliban violence if they stay beyond the end of April.
According to a high-ranking government official of Afghanistan, Germany has played key role in facilitation for peace talks as well as stressed on protection of the rights, freedoms of the Afghan constitution and the past 19 years’ achievements.
Afghanistan has experienced unprecedented support of the international community particularly Germany in the past 19 years. Their continued support to Afghanistan has helped the country to have had considerable progress from the economic and social perspectives.
Currently, Germany is supporting and cooperating Afghanistan in training and mentoring the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and through development and humanitarian assistance to prevent from rechanging the country to safe haven for international terrorists.
The main goals of the German government are to cooperate with Afghanistan government in stabilizing the country, creating a secure environment and improving the life condition of Afghans and strengthening the capacity of the government and the country’s civil society.
The German government is working to expand and support the creation of a strong Afghan police force so that they can provide security in accordance to the country’s rule of law. Security in Afghanistan in the long-term can be maintained in a situation in which the country’s security forces are able to accept responsibilities of their works.
According to Afghan government officials, the German government has provided nearly $7 billion to Afghanistan in the past 19 years, which has been considered as effective for rebuilding of the country. The German government’s plan to keep its military presence in Afghanistan for another year and this will help Afghanistan in maintaining security and political stability.
Currently, Germany has up to 1,300 soldiers in Afghanistan under NATO’s Resolute Support’s mission in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kunduz to train, advise and assist mission to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).