(MENAFN- Khaama Press)
The Indian government consigned another batch of 2,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat to Afghanistan, on Monday, over the Attari-Wagah border as humanitarian aid.
The shipment was flagged off by the Commissioner of Customs, Rahul Nangare, as wheat-laden trucks with the message 'Gift from the people of India to the people of Afghanistan' went across the border.
“The Indian government has promised to provide 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan, to which we have sent 10,000 metric tons of wheat already. From the remaining 40,000 metric tons today we are sending the first consignment of 2,000 metric tons of wheat.”, the commissioner stated.
Previously, India announced that it will provide 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistan.
On February 26, the first convoy of humanitarian aid from India arrived in Jalalabad via Pakistan.
According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the second convoy of India's humanitarian assistance carrying 2,000 MTs of wheat left Attari, Amritsar on March 3 for Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
The third and fourth consignments of 40 trucks each carrying 2000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through the Attari-Wagah border were dispatched on 8th and 15th March, respectively.
According to a press release from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of Pakistan approved the transport of 50,000 MTs of wheat and medicines from India to Afghanistan through the Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes in November 2021 as a special gesture to the Afghan people.
On March 21, 2022, the time frame for delivering humanitarian aid expired. India requested a two-month extension for the transportation of 50,000 MTs of wheat and medications as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and was granted the request.
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