Ambassador Markus Potzel, Federal Foreign Office Director for South Asia, was appointed Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan in September 2017. In this capacity, he coordinates Germany’s diplomatic engagement with the region and liaises with international partners on ways of further enhancing stability there. The Federal Foreign Office’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Division reports to the Special Representative.
With his appointment, Ambassador Potzel also takes over as Chair of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan (ICG), which was chaired by his predecessor Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, from July 2015. Over 50 countries and international organisations meet regularly in the ICG to discuss developments in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Potzel has worked at the Federal Foreign Office since 1993 and brings many years of wide ranging diplomatic experience in South Asia and the Middle East to his new role. He was German Ambassador to Afghanistan from August 2014 to August 2016. Most recently, he served as Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office.
Afghanistan must not revert to its former role as a refuge for international terrorists. This is why Germany and the international community are helping Afghanistan to become a stable country whose people can live in safety and determine their own future. Our commitment there serves German, international and Afghan interests in equal measure.