India’s shipment of 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan to begin next week, after Pakistan okays route: Afghan envoy

India’s humanitarian aid of 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghan people is likely to be transported to Afghanistan through Pakistani land routes from next week and the delivery is set to be completed in a month’s time, Afghan Ambassador Farid Mamundzay said.

The Afghan envoy also welcomed India’s allocation of Rs 200 crore as development assistance for Afghanistan in its budget for 2022-23 and added that India has been forthcoming to support the Afghan people at a “difficult time”.

“There couldn’t be a better time than this for displaying the goodwill and generosity that India has always shown to the Afghan people,” he said. Mamundzay said the delivery of the wheat is expected to start between February 10 and 12. “India is going to deliver 50,000 tonnes of wheat in the next week or two, and the delivery will be completed in a month’s time,” Mamundzay told reporters on the sidelines of an event at the Afghan embassy.

India had sent a proposal to Pakistan on October 7 seeking the transit facility to send 50,000 tonnes of wheat to the people of Afghanistan via Pakistani soil and it received a positive response from Islamabad. Following the Pakistani response, both sides were in touch to finalise the modalities for the transportation of the shipments.

On India setting aside Rs 200 crore for developmental aid to Afghanistan, Mamundzay said: “This comes at a very crucial time when other countries have turned their back toward Afghanistan. The assistance of Rs 200 crore for development is something we greatly appreciate. The Rs 100 crore for development of Chabahar port is yet another initiative that has been welcomed by the Afghan business community.  The Afghan envoy also complimented India’s decision to continue providing scholarships to Afghan students. “India continues to invest in our future. There has also been support in the humanitarian field in the form of six tonnes of medicines and 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines that were sent in the past few weeks,” he said.

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