Germany unsure of Afghan withdrawal in 2014: Merkel

March 12th, 2012 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, March 12 (IANS) Germany was not sure whether its troops would pull out of Afghanistan by 2014, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday during a surprise visit to the country’s troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Merkel asked the Hamid Karzai government to enhance political reconciliation, saying more efforts were needed.

“For that reason, I cannot say we will manage this by 2013-2014. The will is there, we want to succeed and we will work on this,” she was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Merkel arrived in Afghanistan without public notification, said a government spokesman.

The last time she visited the troops in Afghanistan was in December 2010.

Germany has around 4,900 soldiers in the war-torn country as part of the NATO-led international peacekeeping force.

US and British troops are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of 2014.

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