Germany will reduce the number of staff at its Kabul embassy to the "absolute minimum," Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said as Taliban forces set their sights on the Afghan capital. This is reported by DW.
The announcement came as more German lawmakers appeal for quick action to get staff out of Afghanistan. Senior Christian Democratic Union lawmaker Norbert Röttgen urged the German authorities to "not abandon a single local employee" in danger of "torture and death."
It also comes as the German Federation of Journalists asked for Afghan journalists to be granted residence.
After the Taliban took the second and third largest cities in Afghanistan, Germany is looking to safeguard its citizens and embassy staff on the ground in the war-torn country's capital city.
"We will reduce personnel of the German embassy in Kabul in the coming days to the operative absolute minimum," Maas told journalists.
"We will send a crisis support team to Kabul to help us boost security precautions," the foreign minister added.
With the Taliban looking to set their sights on Afghan capital soon, Maas said he had decided to bring forward "charter flights planned for this month" to evacuate Germans and some Afghan workers out of Kabul.