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Germany to send envoy to Afghanistan to negotiate aid

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KABUL: Germany is planning to send its envoy Markus Potzel to travel to Afghanistan in the coming weeks to negotiate aid and evacuations.

According to a report, Germany will dispatch ambassador-designate Markus Potzel on a visit to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported Saturday, as the country seeks to realign its strategy towards Taliban.

According to Welt, there is hope in Berlin that German diplomats could return to Afghanistan in some capacity, initially just on day trips.

In reaching out to the Taliban, Germany hopes to be able to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan once again.

There are also still Afghans who worked with Germans either in the German army, the Bundeswehr, or other German organizations who remain stuck in Afghanistan.

In planning steps to change relations with the Taliban, the German government is considering recognizing passports issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the newly formed Taliban government calls itself. Doing so could help facilitate the departure of Afghans Germany wants to help exit the country.

Thousands of Afghans have left the country since the Taliban overran Kabul on August 15. The takeover came as US and NATO troops carried out a hasty evacuation after 20 years of war.

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