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India in contact with Pakistan to send wheat, medical supplies to Afghanistan, MEA says

Packages containing medical supplies to be sent to Afghanistan on December 11, 2021 | Photo PTI

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New Delhi: India is in contact with Pakistani authorities to send more humanitarian aid, including wheat and life-saving medicines to Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“We will continue to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. We have pledged to send 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, ”MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said during his weekly press briefing here. “India is in contact with Pakistani authorities on the terms of shipping 50,000 tonnes of wheat and other medical supplies to Afghanistan by land,” Bagchi said.

The spokesperson, however, did not explain why India had not used the Iranian port of Chabahar to ship wheat through Iran.

Bagchi reiterated that India has a special relationship with the Afghan people and that UN Security Council Resolution 2593 will continue to guide India’s approach to Afghanistan.

Bagchi also noted that India shipped around 1.6 tons of medical supplies as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan on December 11 and that they were handed over to World Health Organization officials in Kabul. .

Pakistan decided in November this year to allow India to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and other humanitarian goods to Afghanistan via the Wagah border, which Islamabad claims was done as a “exceptional”, given the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan.

The Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15 and as a result the country was hit by a worsening economic, humanitarian and security crisis. The combination of a suspension of foreign aid, a freeze on Afghan government assets and international sanctions against the Taliban has plunged an already high-poverty country into a widespread economic crisis.

The international community, from governments to non-governmental organizations, has provided various assistance to the Afghan people.


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