Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tested positive for the corona virus on her trip to Pakistan. The minister then canceled all further appointments. Before that, during her visit, she spoke about the situation of the people in Afghanistan.

After a positive rapid corona test shortly after the start of her visit to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock canceled all other appointments. This was announced by the spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office, Christofer Burger, on Tuesday on the sidelines of the trip to the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Baerbock met her Pakistani colleague Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad that morning.

Originally, the Green politician wanted to travel to Greece and Turkey after her visit to Pakistan, which was planned until Wednesday.

During her visit, she had previously promised further German support for the people in Afghanistan. “We will not forget the people of Afghanistan and will not let them down,” Baerbock said at a press conference with her Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad on Tuesday. In this context, Baerbock expressed sharp criticism of the Taliban ruling in Afghanistan.

The situation in Afghanistan is “appalling,” said Baerbock. “The Taliban are leading the country into decline.” Women and girls suffered particularly under the policies of the radical Islamic rulers.

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