-Germany’s Foreign Minister arrived in Pakistan: Sources


ISLAMABAD – Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Pakistan on Monday night to send a message confirming his country’s commitment to Afghan conflict resolution and economic development in the South Asia region.

The Germany minister was welcomed at Nur Khan base by high-level officials of Pakistan’s foreign office. Mr Maas will will hold meetings with his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and top civil and military leaders

Yesterday, the German minister paid to trip to Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan as a clear signal Germany was committed to playing its part in a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Germany is part of the NATO Resolute Support mission to train Afghan security forces and has a force of about 1,200 soldiers stationed there.

Berlin decided last month to extend the military mission, and Germany has offered to host a peace conference that is to include the Taliban.

“With the trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, we want to send a clear message: Germany is committed to the responsibility we have assumed as the second-largest donor and contributor of troops in Afghanistan,” Maas told DW.