AA / Berlin
The German foreign minister admitted on Monday that his government had acted too late to evacuate its nationals, as well as Afghan translators and support staff.
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Heiko Maas said that Germany and its international partners had misjudged the situation and were unable to foresee that the Taliban could take control of the Afghanistan as quickly.
“There is nothing to hide about it. The federal government, the intelligence services, the international community – we have all failed to assess the situation accurately,” he said.
Germany dispatched three military planes to Afghanistan on Monday to evacuate remaining diplomatic personnel and local Afghan personnel, but none were able to land in Kabul as planned due to the chaos at the airport.
Berlin has evacuated nearly 2,000 local Afghan workers from the country in recent weeks, but nearly 10,000 more are trying to flee the country, including Afghans who work for German development agencies, NGOs and media, as well. as human rights activists and lawyers.
* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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