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Military intervention in Afghanistan not successful, German FM says

Islamabad, IRNA - The Foreign Minister of Germany says military intervention in Afghanistan has not been successful and this is what we have learned from the past.

Heiko Maas who arrived in Pakistan on an official visit last night made the remarks at a joint press conference with Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Tuesday after a bilateral meeting.

The German Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to Pakistan for playing a significant role in evacuation of foreign nationals including Germans from Kabul.

He stressed the need for international consensus and unity in the Afghan issue.

The FM said the Taliban's approach will become clear in the coming days. However, it is in the interest of all of us that an inclusive government in Afghanistan will be formed with the participation of all representatives of internal groups, even those who oppose the Taliban.

He said Germany stands ready to support the neighboring countries of Afghanistan experiencing the impact of the Afghan situation.  He said his country will not abandon them in facing the challenges.

He said we have already provided 100 million euros in humanitarian assistance and five hundred million euros have also been pledged for various projects in neighboring countries of Afghanistan.

“Military interventions have not been successful in Afghanistan and this is what we learnt from the past,” Heiko Maas added.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his views warned against repeating mistakes of the past saying abandoning Afghanistan is not an option as it will have serious consequences.

He said the world should remain vigilant of spoilers in Afghanistan. He said the international community has to discern between those standing for peace and the spoilers.

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