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Germany offers help to resolve election standoff

karzai-and-Jerman-foreign-ministerVisiting German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeir has offered his country’s support to resolve the protracted political impasse in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Saturday.

A MoFA statement said the purpose of Steinmeir’s visit to Kabul was to reassure Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan in ensuring a peaceful transfer of power.
The visiting dignitary held in detail discussions with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace and both leaders conferred on matters of mutual interest.
At the meeting, Karzai hoped the two presidential candidates would be able to overcome their differences over the formation of a national unity government.
Steinmeir also met his Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Usmani, who thanked Germany for its generous support towards the people of Afghanistan.
The Afghans would remember for years the longstanding friendly ties between Kabul and Berlin, Usmani told his interlocutor.
The German minister reiterated that stability and progress in Afghanistan was of immense importance for the people of Germany. “I am happy to be here at this crucial moment and be able to play a role in resolving the election crisis,” the statement quoted him as saying.
It said the German minister reiterated his country’s commitment to a post-2014 mission to train and assist Afghan security forces.