Germany hands over 1000 body armor vests to Kabul police

The government of Germany handed over one thousand body armor vests to the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces in Kabul.

The Kabul Police Commandment in a statement said the body armor vests were handed over to Kabul Police during a ceremony organized in the Police Commandment of Kabul on Thursday.

The statement further added that the body armor vests were handed over as part of Germany’s ongoing support to the Afghan Police forces.

The Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Kabul and a representative of Germany’s police had also participated in the ceremony.

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Germany deports 69 failed asylum-seekers to Afghanistan

German authorities say they have deported 69 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected.

A plane carrying the men from Munich to Kabul landed in the Afghan capital early Wednesday. It was one of the largest collective deportation flights yet organized by Germany, which has vowed to step up the removal of people who don’t have a right to remain in the country.

The state interior minister of Bavaria, where 51 of the men had been living, welcomed the deportation flight.

Joachim Herrmann noted that unlimited deportations to Afghanistan had recently been approved by Germany’s federal authorities. In recent years deportations to Afghanistan were limited to people with criminal convictions.

Germany has vowed to step up the removal of foreigners whose asylum requests have been rejected, according to a DPA report.

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Germany to increase troop level in Afghanistan to 1300 soldiers

Germany will deploy hundreds more soldiers to Afghanistan as the cabinet of the government of Germany on Wednesday approved the deployment of more soldiers in the framework of the NATO-Resolute Support Mission.

The German defense minister Ursula Von Der Leyen has said the troop level in Afghanistan will be increased to 1300 soldiers.

According to reports, Germany is currently having more than 960 troops in Afghanistan who are mainly operating within the framework of the NATO train, advise, and assist mission in the northern parts of the country.

This comes as the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said last month that the alliance is aiming to increase the number of the international forces in the framework of the train, advise, and assist mission to close to 16,000 during the year 2018.

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Ghani, Abdullah Congratulate Trump

Just hours after Donald Trump became the U.S president-elect on Wednesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Trump on his win.

Ghani said in a statement that the U.S “is an essential and important strategic partner to Afghanistan in development of the country and fighting terrorism.”

“The government of Afghanistan hopes that in close cooperation with the new president of the United States, relations between the two countries expand further and develop in a way that is in the interest of the two countries and nations,” Ghani said.

He also wished Trump further success in fulfilling his new responsibility.

CEO Abdullah Abdullah also extended his congratulations to Trump for becoming the 45 president of the U.S.

He said in a statement: “Afghanistan and the United States are strategic allies and friends. Combating extremism and efforts to bring peace and stability are the top priorities of both countries.”

“With Mr Trump’s victory, the chief executive of Afghanistan expects the strength and expansion of strategic economic, military, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

He also wished Trump “good luck”.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram congratulating him.

The State Duma in the former Soviet Union also reportedly broke into thunderous applause upon news of Hillary Clinton’s defeat on Wednesday morning.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Putting expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state”.

Putin also said he had confidence in “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community”.

Reuters reported that French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Europe must not flinch in defending its interests and people now that Trump’s election win has added to the uncertainty created by Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.

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Germany warns Afghanistan over flow of refugees

Berlin has warned Kabul over the flow of refugees saying it will continue security operations in Afghanistan only if arrival of refugees stopped.

The country’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said that Germany will stay in Afghanistan for providing security support as long as it is necessary but the influx of refugees be stopped.

“We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary. But we also expect that the Afghan population stays here,” Maiziere said. “We want the influx of refugees to be stopped.”

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