German Minister Promises to Take in 70,000 Afghans

German Minister Promises to Take in 70,000 Afghans


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has promised to take in at least 70,000 vulnerable people from Afghanistan, including human rights activists and journalists.

Foreign Minister Maas has announced that 70,000 people would be eligible for aid during a visit to Turkey, saying that Germany would not abandon those who could not make it onto flights at the airport in Kabul.

“We want to continue the aid campaign, but it is now entering a second phase,” Mr Maas saidDer Spiegel reports.

According to the German magazine, around 10,000 Afghan nationals who worked with the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are eligible for protection along with 1,600 humanitarian activists and journalists. The remaining people eligible are close family members.

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