German Foreign Minister Annalna Berbock will begin a four-day visit to Pakistan, Turkey and Greece on Monday. In Islamabad, he will also hold talks with Afghans waiting to continue their trip to Germany.\
German Foreign Minister Annalna Berbock wants the Green Party to hold talks with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his counterpart Blaul Bhutto Zardari in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to a spokesman for the German Federal Foreign Office, a series of meetings with government officials and civil society representatives are planned in all three countries.
Schedule a meeting with Afghans awaiting evacuation
In addition, the German Foreign Minister in Pakistan wants to talk to the staff of his country’s embassy as well as the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). These staff members have been working for months to continue the journey of those high-risk Afghans who have pledged to accept Germany.
The German Foreign Minister wants to talk in Islamabad with Afghans who have left Afghanistan for Pakistan for some time and want to go to this country with the help of the German government.
Berbock will travel to Greece on Thursday, where talks with government officials and civil society representatives are scheduled. During the trip, he will meet with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister, and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias.
Numerous talks are also planned in Turkey. Berbuk wants to meet there with his Turkish counterpart, Cavusoglu, as well as representatives of civil society and the economy.
The German Foreign Minister travels to Greece and Turkey at a time when there are strong political tensions between Ankara and Athens. Both NATO members have disputes over natural gas, territory, migration and other issues.
Berbok’s visit to Turkey may also address the issue of Ankara’s veto against Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO. The two countries want to join NATO after Russia invades Ukraine.
Turkey, as the only NATO member, opposes the two countries’ membership in the military alliance. The Turkish government has said it has security concerns about the two countries joining NATO because of what it says is their support for the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Defense Units.