Merkel: Germany not 'first in line' to boost troops in Afghanistan

Reuters News
Posted: May 11, 2017 6:21 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will continue to lead NATO's military training mission in northern Afghanistan, but is not looking to increase its presence there, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Merkel said she would wait to see the outcome of NATO's assessment of a request from the alliance's military authorities to send more troops to Afghanistan.

"I don't think we're first in line to expand our capacities there. It's more important to ensure that ... stability is guaranteed in the north," Merkel said after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg said a decision on NATO's presence in Afghanistan was due "within weeks".

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Michael Nienaber)