The troops are to be stationed in the capital, Kabul, as well as the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for a two-year period beginning in 2015. The Bundeswehr personnel would provide advice, support and training to Afghan troops, but would not engage in combat missions.
"This offer is a declaration of intent by the federal government," said de Maiziere. "Germany is taking an early and timely position on this important question."
The minister added that the offer was conditional on the Afghan government issuing a formal request to Berlin. "We want to be welcome," said de Maiziere.