Germany will keep its embassy staff in Kabul to the bare minimum and increase security measures at the compound, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday, following similar announcements from the United States and other Western governments.
“The government’s crisis coordination team has also decided to bring forward charter flights originally scheduled for the end of August,” Maas told journalists in Denzlingen in southern Germany.
The minister said the aim was to fly out both embassy staff and local Afghan aides on these flights. Afghans without a visa would get their papers in Germany to speed up the process.
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