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First shipment of 2,500 tons of wheat from India reaches Jalalabad

The first shipment of 2,500 metric tons of wheat sent by India to Afghan people via Pakistani land route as part of its humanitarian aid arrived in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Saturday.

Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay said the convoy of 50 trucks carrying the wheat had arrived in the Afghan town and the aid would now be distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) among the people.

The shipment was part of the Indian government’s commitment to supply 50,000 metric tons of wheat to the Afghan people.

Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla, along with Mamundzay and WFP Country Director Bishaw Parajuli flagged the convoy of trucks during a ceremony at the Attari border post in Amritsar on Tuesday.

“The first convoy of 2,500 tonnes of wheat aid arrived this morning in Jalalabad,” the Afghan envoy said on Twitter.

He said the WFP in Afghanistan would “now distribute this aid to thousands of needy families across Afghanistan.”

India had sent a proposal to Pakistan on October 7 last year, requesting the transit facility to send 50,000 tons of wheat to the Afghan people via Pakistan and it received a positive response from Islamabad on November 24.

Following the Pakistani response, the two parties were in contact to finalize cargo transport arrangements.

Each of the bags was stamped with the text: “Gift from the Indian people to the Afghan people” in English, Pashto and Dari.

On February 12, the Indian government signed a memorandum of understanding with the WFP for the distribution of wheat in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that India had decided to “donate” wheat to the Afghan people in response to United Nations appeals for humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

India has already provided five lakh doses of COVAXIN Covid vaccines and 13 tons of essential life-saving drugs to Afghanistan.

The last batch of medical supplies was delivered last Saturday. This was the fifth shipment of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

India has pleaded to provide unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to deal with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country.

India has not recognized the new regime in Afghanistan and has advocated for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul, in addition to insisting that Afghan soil must not be used for terrorist activities against any country.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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