India to send 20,000 MT wheat to Afghanistan via Chabahar port India News

New Delhi: India on Tuesday announced a fresh tranche of aid of 20,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan.
The consignment will be sent through Chabahar port in Iran.
The announcement was made at the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Joint Working Group on Afghanistan.
India said it will provide wheat aid to the war-torn country in partnership with India united nations world food program,
After the Taliban take over Afghanistan in August 2021, India announces aid of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat For the Afghan people when they were facing severe food crisis.
Thereafter, the consignment was sent to Afghanistan using the land route through Pakistan.
Islamabad had provided the transit facility after almost months of discussion.
“The sides took note of the current humanitarian situation and agreed to continue providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people,” the statement said.
‘Afghan soil should not be used for terrorism’
In the meeting, India as well as the five Central Asian countries stressed that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for any terrorist activities and called for the formation of a “true inclusive” political structure in Kabul that would allow women and respects the rights of all Afghans, including minorities.
A joint statement said the meeting stressed the importance of forming a “truly inclusive and representative political structure” that respects the rights of all Afghans and women, girls and members of minority groups, including access to education. ensures equal rights.
In December, India joined several other major countries in criticizing the Taliban’s decision to ban university education for women in Afghanistan.
In the discussions, the officials discussed the regional threats of terrorism, extremism, radicalism and drug trafficking, and the possibilities of coordinating efforts to counter these threats, the statement said.
It added that they emphasized that “the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to shelter, train, plan or finance any terrorist acts and reaffirmed that UNSC Resolution 1267 No terrorist organization designated by Afghanistan should be provided sanctuary or allowed to use the territory.
Apart from host India, the meeting was attended by special envoys or senior officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the country representative of the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP)UNWFP) also attended the meeting.
(With inputs from PTI)

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