German FM calls for Afghan withdrawal plan

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Sunday for preliminary work over the next four years towards laying down a plan to withdraw German troops from Afghanistan.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2009, 10:03 AM IST

Berlin: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Sunday for preliminary work over the next four years towards laying down a plan to withdraw German troops from Afghanistan.
Speaking on ZDF television, he said, "In the life of this Parliament, we have to get sufficiently far with the concept of self-sustained security that a perspective for withdrawal comes into view."
Westerwelle, who took over the Foreign Ministry last month, added, "We don`t want to remain in Afghanistan forever." He said Germany would work to see that democracy grew in Afghanistan and effective methods were introduced to fight corruption.

"That`s what we expect from the Afghan government," Westerwelle said.

IANS