Germany cuts Kabul embassy staff, skips staff and helpers

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued a press statement on June 25, 2021 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany. (KayNietfeld / Pool / AFP via Getty Images)

Berlin-Germany will minimize Kabul embassy staff and strengthen security measures on the premises, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday, repeating similar announcements by the United States and other Western governments.

“The government’s crisis coordination team has also decided to move ahead of the charter flights originally scheduled for the end of August,” Mars told a journalist in Denzlingen, southern Germany.

The minister said the purpose was to fly embassy staff and local Afghan helpers on these flights. Visa-free Afghans get documents in Germany to speed up the process.