German Defence Minister: Key task was carried by Georgian troops to defend our consulate in Afghanistan [VIDEO]

  • German Defence Minister stressed Germany highly respected the support of Georgian troops serving in Afghanistan. Photo by Reuters., 15 Nov 2016 - 13:52, Tbilisi,Georgia

A German high official has sent big thanks to Georgian soldiers for repulsing an attack on the German Consulate in Afghanistan earlier this month that left several people dead and left about 120 wounded.

Today Germany's Minister of Defence Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, the first woman in German history to hold that role, delivered words of thanks to Georgia and its soldiers for their efforts to protect the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif city in Afghanistan on November 10.

Watch a video of German Defence Minister Gertrud von de Leyen below, released on Facebook by Georgian journalist Ketevan Kardava:

The Minister told media her country was "very grateful” for what Georgian soldiers had done to defend the Consulate's staff. 

A major task was carried by Georgian troops and there is a lot of respect for what they have done,” the German high official said. 

The Foreign Ministry of Germany also thanked Georgian soldiers for their "braveness and devoutness” shortly after the incident. 

The agency said Georgian soldiers reacted quickly after a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, which claimed the lives of at least six civilians and wounded about 120 people. 

All employees of the German Consulate were found safe after the incident, said the German Foreign Ministry in its statement. 

After the incident Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier phoned Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and personally thanked him for the efforts and high conduct of Georgian troops serving in the NATO Resolute Support mission in war-torn Afghanistan.