Charge D’affaires a.i., Aziz Omar met with H. E. Dr. Tilo Klinner, Ambassador of Germany in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Omar noted the existence of strong relations between the two countries. Relations between Afghanistan and Germany have been historically strong. The 100th anniversary of “friendship “was celebrated in 2016, and H. E. Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan called it a “historic relationship”.
Mr. Omar thanked Mr. Ambassador for Germany’s support of the peace process in Afghanistan. Germany holds meetings with different sides of the Afghan conflict, led a round of peace talks in Doha.
Both sides touched upon the problems of Afghanistan in terms of export and import of products, visa issues and transit agreements.
The issue of the banking system was discussed as well. Mr. Omar explained the current situation between Afghan Bank and Kazakhstan Bank.
Mr. Ambassador informed that in 2010, Kazakhstan and Germany had fierce disputes over various options for debt restructuring. In particular, it was about the debt of BTA Bank, which amounted to more than $12 billion. The list of eleven lenders from Germany included the German Bank Commerzbank, KFW and the state insurance company Hermes.
But on May 28, 2010, the Council of foreign creditors finally came to a single formula for writing off part of the debt and paying off the balance. Financial debt will be reduced from $12.2 billion to $4.4 billion and the repayment period will be extended by 8 to 20 years.
Germany actively supported Afghanistan in its struggle to stabilize the situation. The role of Germany in comparison with other EU countries is quite significant. Germany is one of the main donors to Afghanistan. The Federal Republic, in addition to EU assistance, allocates about 80 million euros a year to help Afghanistan.