Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany will contribute 10 million euros (USD 11.7 million) to a humanitarian initiative in Afghanistan. The German Foreign Ministry would provide 10 million euros ($11.7 million) to an Afghan aid program, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, according to Sputnik.
“We are looking into the period after the evacuation, I spoke about this with representatives of German human rights organizations… These days, many representatives of NGOs, science, and culture addressed us. In recent years, they have maintained a close partnership with civil society (in Afghanistan) which they would like to continue to support,” Maas said.
“To ensure this, we are creating a support fund for those who campaigned for human rights, freedom of science and culture, we want to expand specific protection programs for Afghanistan and we are allocating immediately 10 million euros for this,” he added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan “bitter, dramatic, and horrible” on Monday.
Merkel stated during a televised news conference, “This is a really sour turn of events. It is bitter, dramatic, and horrible…it is dreadful for the millions of Afghans who have struggled for a society’s independence “CNN reported on the situation.
The Taliban completed their conquest of Afghanistan by invading Kabul on Sunday. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation to avoid what he called “bloodshed” if terrorists were to battle for the capital. Following the events, most nations downsized or evacuated their diplomatic missions in the Central Asian country.
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