Outrage after Taliban member speaks at German mosque

Serap Güler, a member of Germany’s federal parliament from Cologne who is also on the parliamentary commission into the Afghanistan mission, said she was “stunned” by the incident.

“All the details of this matter must now be fully clarified,” she told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

A spokesperson for the North Rhine-Westphalia administration also condemned the incident.

“The fact that members of a radical organization such as the Taliban are spreading their ideologies unfiltered on German soil is an unspeakable act,” they told the city’s Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry also said there would be no normalization with Taliban authorities if they continue to “exclude half of the Afghan population from participating in society and blatantly trample on human rights, especially the rights of women and girls.”