Angela Merkel shamed after Germany evacuated cans of beer before people in Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Germany criticised for evacuating 65,000 cans of beer
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Angela Merkel and her German government have been criticised for putting cans of beer before people in Afghanistan. This comes after Germany’s bestselling daily, Bild, reported that the country had evacuated 65,000 cans of beer and 340 bottles of wine ahead of Afghans who had worked for German agencies. The German newspaper criticised the government with a story titled “Germany’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: Beer and wine were shipped – local staff are still staying”.
This comes as countries struggle to handle the mass evacuations from Kabul airport.
US President Joe Biden acknowledged yesterday the mass evacuation from Afghanistan is “not without risk of loss”.
Speaking at the White House, Mr Biden said the US had rescued 13,000 people to date in “one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history”.
However, the criticism over evacuations reached Germany as the report in Bild blamed German leadership for abandoning local Afghan staff who risked their lives for Germany.
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RT’s Peter Oliver explained: “The response from the top of the government in Germany is that they want to see Afghan refugees housed in neighbouring countries, like Iran and Pakistan, instead of Germany.
“German evacuation flights are continuing to leave the airport in Kabul. As of Thursday, 900 people had been taken out on those planes.
“But not before Germany evacuated some 65,000 cans of beer and 340 bottles of wine. They have been criticised for doing that before people were put on those planes.”
The evacuation of the beer cans and wine took place at the end of June when the German army was completing its troop pullout from Afghanistan.
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At the time, hundreds of Afghan staff and family members were not granted a visa and were not evacuated.
The Bild editorial read: “Those who worked for many years for Germany and risked their lives are apparently worth less than cans of beer for the federal government.”
Christoph Hoffmann, from the opposition Free Democratic Party, slammed Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for failing to prioritize the evacuation of Afghans who worked for German ministries.
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Since the outrage, Ms Merkel has said that Germany must urgently evacuate up to 10,000 people from Afghanistan for whom it has responsibility.
She told a closed-door meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party: “We are witnessing difficult times. Now we must focus on the rescue mission.”
Overnight US and UK forces helped introduce greater security measures at the gates of the Kabul airport.
It remains unclear how long the US will stay in position to hold the airport, and whether the Taliban will continue to let people leave the country.
Britain fears the airlift could end within days, ahead of the August 31 deadline set by Joe Biden.
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