Berlin warns against ‘rash actions’ in Afghanistan, says further troop withdrawal must be linked with peace talks

The German foreign minister has called on the NATO alliance to carefully consider the impact that further troop withdrawals from Afghanistan would have on the peace process, warning against reckless actions.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members must be cautious not to jeopardize the peace process in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops prematurely.

“As NATO partners, we want to ensure that we tie further troop reductions in Afghanistan to clear conditions,” he said.

Maas was speaking ahead of a virtual meeting with his NATO colleagues in which troop drawdowns in Afghanistan will be high on the agenda.