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German Development Minister Gerd Müller in Afghanistan: "We will remain a reliable partner"


German Development Minister Gerd Müller visits the "Afghan Technology Institute", a vocational training centre in Kabul.

18.11.2014 |

Development Minister Gerd Müller arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul in the early morning of Tuesday. He will be the first member of the German government to personally meet with the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah. Müller is being accompanied by a delegation that includes, for instance, Sibylle Pfeiffer, member of the German Parliament (CDU/CSU).

"These are difficult times of change. Afghanistan can count on us," Müller said at the beginning of his trip. "We will remain a reliable partner and will not abandon the country. Our development cooperation will continue beyond the end of the ISAF mission. In return, we expect the new Afghan government to undertake credible reforms – for instance with a view to combating corruption and drug growing – and to commit unequivocally to democracy and human rights. For, I will be very clear, part of our commitments will continue to be conditional on the country undertaking reforms."

Müller will also meet with representatives of German development organisations and of the international community. And he has planned to visit a vocational training centre that has received funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

"If we fail to give the young people hope and opportunities for the future, then we will not be able to break the cycle of violence. That is why we need to offer them, in particular, the chance to build a future for themselves through skilled work. This is precisely where our new joint development strategy comes in. With it, we are opening a new chapter in our cooperation. We can build on the priority areas that have proven successful. At the same time we will define new priorities for a reliable partnership. We will continue to offer our support in order to strengthen public institutions and offer the many young men and women economic and social prospects and the chance to engage in society."

Despite its considerable progress in recent years, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Germany is making 430 million euros available each year for development in Afghanistan, 250 million alone are from funds. These funds are used to finance projects and programmes to promote economic development and employment, strengthen education and training, build an administration based on the rule of law and improve energy and water supplies.

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