Germany and Afghanistan: Bilateral relations Afghanistan

01.10.2020 - Article

German‑Afghan relations date back to the first contacts between the governments of the German Reich and the Kingdom of Afghanistan in 1915. After the overthrow of the Taliban regime in late 2001, the German Ambassador was the first head of mission to present his letter of credence to the new Interim Administration. Germany held two ground‑breaking conferences on the future of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2011, and works together with the international community to provide comprehensive support for the country. Following the Afghan security forces’ assumption of responsibility for security, which brought NATO’s ISAF mission to an end, Germany is involved in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, which is aimed at training, advising and supporting the Afghan defence and security forces.

Donor conferences are held regularly in order to reaffirm the international community’s commitment and to coordinate support for efforts to stabilise and develop Afghanistan. At these conferences, the donors, together with the Afghan Government, also agree on the reform agenda, with which international engagement is closely linked. This agenda covers fields such as good governance, combating corruption, women’s rights and the economy. Stabilisation measures include supporting the local police; capacity‑building in the judiciary and administration; and supporting civil society, bilateral university projects, and peace and reconciliation processes. Trade promotion, good governance and urban development (including water and energy) are priority areas in bilateral development cooperation. Furthermore, the German Government supports humanitarian measures such as aid for internally displaced persons and refugees, disaster prevention, mine and ordnance clearance, and mine victim support.

Through a large number of bilateral university projects, scholarship programmes and cultural heritage preservation projects, Germany is also supporting capacity‑building efforts in the Afghan education and research sector.


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Afghan family on the way © picture-alliance/dpa

Afghanistan is a partner country of German development cooperation. For more information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Afghanistan must never again become a safe haven for international terrorists. That is why Germany and the international community are helping Afghanistan to become a stable country where people can live in safety and determine their own future.

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