Germany’s president says his country to support different sectors in Afghanistan


KABUL (TCA) — Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Afghanistan on July 13. During his one-day visit, the Federal President met Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah for political talks in Kabul. The Federal President also visited the memorial at Camp Marmal to remember the German soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, and addressed German troops as well as representatives of international forces and civilian personnel.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with German President Steinmeier at the Presidential Palace in Kabul discussed Afghanistan’s security, peace and economy, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews agency reported.

Pointing to the importance of Afghanistan’s mineral resources, Ghani suggested that German automobile companies use the country’s lithium in their automotive industry, a press release issued by the Presidential Palace said.

“Afghanistan’s mineral resources require proper management. The quality of Helmand’s lithium is very high and it can be used in the automotive industry,” Ghani said.

In response to this, the German president said they will work on the use of Afghanistan’s lithium by Dutch companies.

He said that Germany will continue its support to different sectors in Afghanistan.

Steinmeier also said his country supports the Afghan peace talks process, adding that he had met with German troops in Balkh where they said the Afghan forces are becoming more capable.

Sergey Kwan