German minister: Uzbekistan to aid Germany with Afghanistan evacuations

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Uzbekistan is able to open its borders to individuals fleeing Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who're eligible to go to Germany, German overseas minister Heiko Mass confirmed during a visit in Tashkent on Monday.

“Uzbekistan is ready to help us with this group of individuals,” Maas informed journalists, according to Deutchlandfunk.

Germany has found hundreds of people who have to get out of Afghanistan, including individuals with German citizenship, Afghan employees and teams especially in peril from the Taliban similar to journalists and human rights activists. They will fly in another country if Kabul airport can stay open once NATO forces depart, or they will cross borders over land to neighboring nations.

Mass is on an official four-day tour of the Middle East and Central Asia, visiting Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Qatar with the aim of preventing “the collapse in Afghanistan from destabilizing the whole area”, he stated.

Germany is about to assist efforts in working Kabul airport as soon as NATO leaves, Maas knowledgeable Turkey’s Overseas Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday.

Earlier than his trip to Turkey on August 29, Maas guaranteed economic and humanitarian assist to nations sharing land borders with Afghanistan to ensure the area just isn't destabilized following the Taliban takeover.

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