• Thursday, August 18, 2022

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India extends fresh humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

A food distribution centre on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S external affairs ministry on Saturday (1) said the country has supplied the next batch of humanitarian assistance consisting of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Afghanistan.

In a statement, the ministry said the assistance was handed over to the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul. It also said that another batch of additional 500,000 doses would be supplied in the coming weeks.

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New Delhi has committed to give the people of Afghanistan humanitarian aid comprising food grain, a million doses of Covid-19 vaccine and essential life-saving drugs.

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In December, India delivered 1.6 tonnes of medical aid to the war-ravaged nation through the World Health Organisation.

“In the coming weeks, we would be undertaking the supply of wheat and the remaining medical assistance. In this regard, we are in touch with UN agencies and others for finalizing the modalities for transportation,” the ministry said.

India has expressed concern with the rest of the world after the Taliban stormed back to power in Afghanistan on August 15 last year and post the development, the country has been plagued by a deepening economic, humanitarian and security crisis.

A combination of factors including suspension of foreign aid, the freezing of Afghan government assets and international sanctions on the Taliban have left the country which is already suffering from high poverty levels into a full-blown economic crisis.

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