A year ago, on 31 May 2017, a truck filled with explosives detonated in front of the German Embassy in Kabul. The explosion killed almost 200 people and injured about 500. Most of them were civilians, many of them children.
To date nobody has admitted responsibility for the attack.
Together with our Afghan friends, we remember the innocent victims of this attack and extend our profound and enduring sympathy to their relatives.
This attack was only one of many which have claimed numerous lives in Afghanistan. They are causing the people of Afghanistan to doubt the possibility of a peaceful future for their country. We condemn these inhumane attacks in the strongest possible terms.
Confidence and faith in a better future are fundamental for the stabilisation of Afghanistan. Counteracting the violence in Afghanistan will only be possible if the people – in the Government as well as in civil society in Kabul and the other provinces of the country – continue to have faith in a better future.
Germany and its international partners continue to cooperate closely with Afghanistan to rebuild the country, advance a sustainable economic and social development, fight corruption and ensure adequate security.
Important results of our commitment are experienced daily by many people in Afghanistan: the quality of and access to health care have been distinctly improved and as a result life expectancy has risen.
Transport and energy infrastructure has been expanded and continues to improve people’s day-to-day life. Learning opportunities in schools and universities have increased. Afghanistan possesses a multifaceted media structure and a vivid civil society. More and more women are active public figures. German soldiers and police officers are advising Afghan security forces in their struggle to improve the security situation in Afghanistan.
These positive developments need to be continued. We stand by our responsibility to provide prospects to the people of Afghanistan today and in future generations.
However, such prospects can only be possible if an enduring peace is reached. This peace can only be attained by a political solution.
In the past few months, the Afghan Government, supported by civil society, has taken crucial steps to initiate a potential start of an inner-Afghan reconciliation process with the Taliban. The Federal Government actively supports this and is campaigning for international support for this process. We hope that Afghanistan’s regional neighbours will adopt a more positive attitude concerning the process.
Germany and Afghanistan are connected by over one hundred years of friendship. The Federal Government will continue to build on this friendship and accompany and support Afghanistan on its way to peace.
To issue a visible signal, the Federal Government is continuing to rebuild the German Embassy in Kabul, which was badly damaged in the attack on 31 May 2017, with all possible speed. The work of the German Embassy in Kabul has been continued under complicated conditions. Today on the anniversary of the attack we have invited representatives of the Afghan Government as well as survivors to the Embassy to commemorate the victims of the attack.
The Governments of both countries will continue to work together with our international partners to ensure a stable and peaceful future for Afghanistan.