President Ghani and Chancellor Merkel Stress Expansion of Bilateral Relations

President Ghani and Chancellor Merkel Stress Expansion of Bilateral Relations

President Ashraf Ghani in a virtual conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday evening discussed expansion of bilateral relations, regional issues and the Afghan peace process.

Angela Merkel expressed concern over escalation of violence in Afghanistan and stressed on a ceasefire. She said fighting and negotiating simultaneously is unacceptable and it will harm the people of Afghanistan.

Germany supports an independent and prosperous Afghanistan with a democratic system and underscored that our efforts should ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, she added.

Chancellor Merkel expressed Germany’s commitment to continue its assistance with Afghanistan. She referred to the MoU signed between the Afghan government and Siemens stating that it would open the path for other German companies to invest in Afghanistan.

The two sides also talked over the NATO Defense Ministers Conference that will be held in February 2021, its importance for Afghanistan, its impact on the peace talks as well as its messages on continuing support for Afghanistan, particularly the Afghan Defense and Security Forces.

President Ashraf Ghani expressed gratitude to Germany’s assistance and cooperation in various areas and said the Afghan government will use all means to expand economic and trade cooperation between Afghanistan and Germany.

President Ghani elaborated on Afghanistan’s programs for ensuring peace and regional connectivity.

The two leaders agreed on further expansion of trade relations between Afghanistan and Germany. President Ghani said the Afghan government will review establishment of air corridor between Afghanistan and Germany to be able to send Afghan products mainly fresh and dried fruit to the German markets, which was welcomed by the German Chancellor.