Schroeder may cancel Afghanvisit due to security concerns

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30 September 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder may cancel a planned visit to Afghanistan next week due to security concerns after three soldiers were injured in an attack on a German military post in the country, senior officials confirmed Thursday. "Under certain conditions the trip could have to be cancelled," said an official speaking on the condition of anonymity. Schroeder is due to make a stop in Kabul as part of an Asia trip beginning 5 October which includes visit to India, Pakis

30 September 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder may cancel a planned visit to Afghanistan next week due to security concerns after three soldiers were injured in an attack on a German military post in the country, senior officials confirmed Thursday.

"Under certain conditions the trip could have to be cancelled," said an official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Schroeder is due to make a stop in Kabul as part of an Asia trip beginning 5 October  which includes visit to India, Pakistan and Vietnam.

The official said Schroeder was not due to fly into the Afghan capital using his regular Airbus jet but rather in a German air force transport plane.

"We will be in close contact with our intelligence services on the situation there," said the official.

Schroeder is due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, German troops and United Nations officials in during his visit planned for 11 October.

Two German soldiers and one Swiss were injured Wednesday in a grenade attack on a German military post in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.

Germany has 2,130 soldiers in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan as part of NATO's, 7,000-member International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) created for Afghanistan by the UN in 2001 to boost security after the overthrow of the Taliban by a United States-led coalition.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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