Blinken and Maas to discuss Afghanistan

The foreign ministers of the USA and Germany will discuss the situation in Afghanistan at America’s Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Blinken und Maas
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Ramstein (dpa) - The foreign ministers of the USA and Germany, Antony Blinken and Heiko Maas, will discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Wednesday at America’s Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate. They will first hold one-to-one talks and will then be joined via a video link by several other foreign ministers whose countries are also involved in the crisis in the Central Asian country.

The USA and Germany were the two largest troop contributors to the international military mission in Afghanistan, which ended last week when the last US soldiers were withdrawn. Now both countries are continuing to attempt to get people out of the country who feel threatened by the Taliban. The militant Islamists have now seized power throughout the country.

The USA is using Ramstein as one of several hubs for its evacuation mission. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, a total of 34,103 people had arrived there from Afghanistan by Monday morning. Of these evacuees, 20,943 had been flown out to the USA by that time. 90 have applied for asylum in Germany.

Blinken visited the Gulf emirate of Qatar before coming to Germany. Tens of thousands of Afghans had been flown out via this Arab country. Qatar is also one of the countries in closest contact with the Taliban, who also operate their political office there. It serves as a kind of foreign ministry with which Germany is also holding talks.