Members of the International Contact Group (ICG) met on 5 June 2016 in Istanbul to discuss the political, security, and economic situation in Afghanistan.
On 5 October, up to 70 countries and 30 international organizations will attend the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
Legal migration to Germany is only possible under certain conditions. The asylum procedure is not a means of achieving this end.
The bomb attack at the centre of Kabul, which has caused many deaths and several hundred injuries, appals us. It is an attack on the Afghan people, who long for peaceful and secure lives...
Statement on Bomb attack in Kabul
Kabul, 1st May 2016 – 15 lecturers from four Afghan universities completed a two-month study programme at the Bergakademie Technical University at Freiberg, Germany, one activity amongst a wide range of training measures organised by the German funded programme for Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA).
Government negotiations: Creating prospects to provide viable options to flight and for returning to Afghanistan
Press release of 15.04.2016 | With German assistance, measures will be carried out to further improve the prospects for the people living in Afghanistan and to provide greater assistance for returnees. That is the agreement arrived at by representatives of the two countries following talks in Kabul about future development cooperation.
Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989
In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."
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For the third consecutive year, the embassies of Germany and France in Afghanistan awarded, on March 8, International Day of Women's Rights, the Franco-German Prize for Afghan Woman of the Year.
Ambassador Potzel together with Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan, opened an exhibition of high quality color glazed tiles, designed and produced by young Afghan apprentices in the historic city of Balkh.
Ambassador Potzel together with the Minister of Higher Education Prof. Farida Momand opened the first IT Competence Center of Afghanistan in the former DAAD guesthouse on the premises of the Ministry of Higher Education.
Opening of IT Competence Center of Afghanistan
Ambassador Potzel spoke at the launch of the first published ACSI (Afghanistan Civil Service Institute) textbooks for Afghan Civil Servants as part of the ongoing project “Strengthening Public Administration” (SPA), funded by the German Foreign Office.
Public Administration Textbook Launch
On February 15th Ambassador Potzel welcomed guests to celebrate the newly founded NGO “Afghan Education for Excellence Organisation” (AEFEO) which will work to improve the quality of the three German-supported schools in Kabul - Amani, Aishe-e Durani and Lycee Jamhuriat - to become schools of excellence.
New NGO to steer German-supported Afghan schools in Kabul
The bitter Afghan winter is especially harsh on the internally displaced persons (IDPs). With sub-zero temperatures, people, who in many cases are forced to spend the winter beneath tarpaulins or in simple shelters in informal settlements in Kabul, suffer greatly. This is where Welthungerhilfe’s winter emergency relief projects provide support.
On 1 and 2 February 2016, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, visited the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, where he held political talks and learned about German-Afghan police cooperation in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif.