The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was critical even before the Taliban seized power, and the situation is continuing to deteriorate. Germany has made available additional financial aid to help people on the ground.
Some 5300 people were flown out of Afghanistan as part of a military evacuation mission. The flights were organised by members of staff of the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Police and the Bundeswehr under sometimes life-threatening and difficult circumstances.
There are now more refugees globally than at any time since the end of the Second World War. The refugee and migration situation cannot be resolved by any one country alone. Instead, the international community needs to take a joint approach.
On 20 September Foreign Minister Maas will fly to New York to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The central topic of the talks between Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his US counterpart Antony Blinken in Ramstein, Rhineland‑Palatinate, on 8 September was concern for the future of the people of Afghanistan following the seizure of power by the Taliban.
The focus of this month’s informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, a biannual event, is on Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Maas had just returned from a four-day trip to the region before heading to Slovenia for this meeting.