As Germany prepares to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, The German Defense Minister says Berlin has a “deep commitment” to protect those who may now be at risk.
German Defense Minister Ann egret Clamp Cullumbaugher told The German News Agency on Sunday that Germany wants Afghanistan to confess to Afghan citizens who helped German soldiers during the war in Afghanistan.
His comments came as NATO and the US announced the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan this year, raising concerns that some Afghans may now be at risk of aiding foreign troops.
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Despite some controversial cases, there are currently procedures for accepting local Afghan personnel in need of asylum.
Crump-Callumbaur wants the existing process to be more effective, the agency said.
According to the minister, the government is discussing a simple and hasty process for approving applications for residency.
“We are talking about people who have worked with us for years, who even see their safety at risk, fight alongside us and make personal contributions,” the DPA quotes Crump as saying.
“I believe that now that we are finally leaving Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany has a commitment not to leave these people behind and to protect them.
Crump Kalmar added that it is also the duty of all international forces in Afghanistan to ensure the safety of Afghan personnel.
Taliban pose threat
Human rights groups have been concerned about Afghanistan’s fate since Washington and NATO announced their decision to withdraw.
They fear that the Islamist Taliban will seize more power in the country. While Western powers are aware of the potential chaos in Afghanistan after the withdrawal, they are committed to supporting the people.
The Taliban have threatened to withdraw their troops.
They want foreign troops to withdraw by May 1 under an agreement with President Donald Trump.