“We want intensive and official diplomatic relations with Germany,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview with Sunday’s Welt am Sonntag.
According to the Mujahideen, the Germans were always welcome in Afghanistan. Even during the existence of the kingdom about a hundred years ago, they did a lot of good in Afghanistan. “Then, unfortunately, they joined the Americans. But that is now forgiven,” said Mujahideen. A Taliban spokesman also said Germany was dependent on talks with the Taliban because it wanted to get more people out of Afghanistan after the military evacuation operation ended.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said a few days ago that if politically possible and if the security situation allowed, Germany should reopen its embassy in Kabul. He also stressed that this step did not mean recognition of the Taliban government.
The German government closed the embassy in Kabul after the triumphant action of the Taliban. Ambassador Markus Potzel was sent to talk with Islamists in the Qatari capital Doha. The Taliban has set up its own political office there, which in fact acts as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, the first Taliban officials have already returned to Afghanistan from Doha.