26 Feb '12, 8pm

France, Germany pull advisers from Afghan ministries

France, Germany pull advisers from Afghan ministries

PARIS: France and Germany said Sunday they would pull advisers from Afghan institutions after two US members of NATO forces in Kabul were shot dead in ongoing violence triggered by a Koran burning in a US base. Both nations said the withdrawal of experts and staff from Afghan ministries was prompted by safety concerns after Saturday's slaying of two US advisers at the Afghan interior ministry. The decision was a "reasonable precautionary measure", German Cooperation Minister Dirk Niebel said, though he stressed Germany would stick to the commitments made in the Afghan conflict. "As soon as the situation has calmed down the staff will resume their work," he said. The French foreign ministry said in a statement the measure would be rescinded as soon as "conditions permitted". The French and German move is similar to steps taken Saturday by NATO and Britain. President Hamid K...

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