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India decides to gift 50,000 MT of wheat to people of Afghanistan
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India decides to gift 50,000 MT of wheat to people of Afghanistan

| @indiablooms | 22 Feb 2022, 05:29 pm

New Delhi: In response to appeals made by the United Nations for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the Government of India has decided to gift 50,000 MT of wheat to the people of Afghanistan, said the ministry of External Affairs.

The supply will be effected by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and transported from ICP Attari (India) to Jalalabad (Afghanistan) by Afghan transporters.

In a ceremony held at Amritsar on 22 February, 2022, 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 50 trucks carrying 2500 MT of wheat assistance from India to Afghanistan via Pakistan.

The shipment is part of the commitment made by the Government of India to supply 50,000 MT of wheat for the people of Afghanistan.

The wheat assistance will be delivered in multiple consignments and will be handed over to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

In this regard, the Government of India signed an agreement with the WFP for the distribution of 50,000 MT of wheat within Afghanistan.

India remains committed to its special relationship with the people of Afghanistan. In this endeavour, India has already supplied 500,000 doses of COVAXIN, 13 tons of essential lifesaving medicines and 500 units of winter clothing.

These consignments were handed over to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Indira Gandhi Hospital, Kabul.

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