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India to send 20,000 MTs of wheat to Afghanistan

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Mar 2023, 08:51 am

New Delhi: India and five other nations on Tuesday met and discussed the current political and humanitarian situation in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

India also announced its partnership with UNWFP for the delivery of 20,000 MTs of wheat to Afghan people through the Chabahar Port.

" In pursuance of the decisions made during the India-Central Asia Summit in 2022, India hosted the first India-Central Asia Joint Working Group on Afghanistan on 07 March 2023. The meeting was attended by the Special Envoys/Senior Officials of the Republic of India, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

"The Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting was an opportunity for the regional countries to discuss important issues related to Afghanistan. The discussions were constructive and guided by the interests and welfare of common Afghans. During the meeting, the participants exchanged views on the current situation, including the political, security and the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The participants emphasized the importance of formation of a truly inclusive and representative political structure that respects the rights of all Afghans and ensures equal rights of women, girls and members of minority groups, including access to education," read the statement.

"Upon the requests by UNODC and Central Asian Republics, Indian side offered customized capacity building courses for their relevant stakeholders/officials. Moreover, India and UNODC also agreed to partner for the efforts to counter drug trafficking, including the efforts for rehabilitation of Afghan drug user population, especially the Afghan women and providing assistance in development of alternate livelihood opportunities," read the statement.

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