- Title: Deportations from Germany to Afghanistan to be suspended
- Date: 11th August 2021
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (FILE - DECEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) POLICE ESCORTING MIGRANTS WITH THEIR BELONGINGS INTO AIRPORT BUILDING FRANKFURT, GERMANY (FILE - DECEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS) PILOTS IN COCKPIT OF PLANE BOUND FOR KABUL PEOPLE IN GANGWAY PLANE BEING PUSHED BACK POLICEMEN WATCHING VARIOUS OF PLANE TAXIING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS READING "AFGHANISTAN IS NOT SAFE", "STOP DEPORTATION"
- Embargoed: 25th August 2021 14:52
- Keywords: Afghanistan Al Zayani Bahrain Germany Iran Maas spy
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002EPU3VIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES
Germany will suspend deportations to Afghanistan until the end of October following a request by the Afghan government, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday (August 11).
"We are now complying with this request. I think that is also the right thing to do," Maas told reporters, adding that the Berlin government's next situation report would reflect a clear deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan in recent weeks.
Maas then urged Iran to return to the Vienna negotiations on reviving a nuclear deal as soon as possible.
Germany's foreign minister also commented on the arrest of a British man who worked at the British embassy in Berlin on suspicion of passing documents to the Russian intelligence service in exchange for cash.
"Spying on a close ally on German soil is absolutely unacceptable and we stand in full solidarity with our British friends," Maas said during a joint news conference with his Bahraini counterpart.
(Production: Stephan Schepers)
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