Germany warns US against premature withdrawal from Afghanistan


KABUL: Germany has cautioned the outgoing US President Donald Trump that his plan for the drawdown of the American troops from Afghanistan would threaten the ongoing peace process in the country.

In a conference held in Berlin on Wednesday, the German Foreign Ministry spokesman, Christofer Burger, stated that “Our serious concern is that a premature withdrawal could jeopardize the negotiation process [between the Afghan government and the Taliban], create a security vacuum and jeopardize the progress achieved in Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, the German defense ministry spokesperson Arne Collatz-Johannsen emphasized that the US troops’ departure would have dangerous consequences for over 1,000 German troops stationed in Afghanistan as part of the Resolute Support mission.

“Here, we assume that the principle — together in, together out, and out at the right time — will be upheld. We now have to adjust our planning … to what we are told by the American side,” he added. 

This comes after Christopher Miller, the Acting US Defense Secretary, late on Tuesday said that Washington would decrease its military presence in Afghanistan from around 4,500 troops to 2,500 by January 15.