Federal Minister Steinmeier visits Afghanistan

25.07.2008 - Press release

This morning (25 July) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in the city of Herat, in western Afghanistan, at the start of a four-day visit.

Herat is one of the country's traditional cultural centres. A safe drinking-water supply has been created in the city with German assistance for around half a million people. Germany has also long been committed to restoring the historic city centre, and there are close links with Herat's university.

Minister Steinmeier will hand over the drinking-water project infrastructure to the Afghan side and be briefed on the progress of the restoration work in the historic city centre. Talks are also planned with local leaders and representatives of civil society. At Herat University Steinmeier will take part in a discussion with students.

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