New Delhi: In response to appeals made by the United Nations (UN) for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan amid their economic downturn, India’s Ministry of External Affairs announced that the Government of India has decided to gift 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat to the people of Afghanistan.
The supply will be effected by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) from ICP Attari in India to Jalalabad in Afghanistan by Afghan transporters.
In a ceremony held at Amritsar on 22 February 2022, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, along with Afghan Ambassador Farid Mamundzay and World Food Program Country Director Bishaw Parajuli, flagged off the first convoy of fifty trucks carrying 2,500 MT of wheat assistance from India to Afghanistan via Pakistan.
The wheat assistance will be delivered in multiple consignments, and they will be handed over to the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) in Jalalabad.
In this regard, the Government of India signed an agreement with the UNWFP for the distribution of 50,000 MT of wheat within Afghanistan.
Despite political turbulence and a change of regime in the region, India remains committed to its special relationship with the people of Afghanistan. In this endeavour, India has already supplied 500,000 doses of COVAXIN, thirteen tons of essential life-saving medicines, and 500 units of winter clothing. These consignments were handed over to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul.