Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gave the following statement today (20 August) on the latest developments in Afghanistan:
Currently, we are entirely focused on evacuating as many individuals from Kabul as we possibly can under the given, very difficult circumstances. We are cooperating closely with our international partners to this end.
That is why we have reached an agreement with the United States that Ramstein Air Base can be used temporarily for the transit of persons seeking protection who are being taken from Afghanistan to the US.
We are in agreement with all of our partners present in the country that not a single seat should go unfilled on our aircraft. In future, Germans and individuals who have been identified by us will therefore be evacuated not only on Bundeswehr planes, but also on US aircraft that will be landing in Ramstein – just as we will be evacuating citizens from a wide range of countries on our flights out of Kabul.
Thus, we can increase the joint transport capacity of our aircraft and reduce some of the strain on the airlift operation between Kabul and Tashkent.