Afghanistan will get “20,000 metric tonnes” of wheat in a new round of aid from India, which was announced on March 7, 2023. The shipments will be delivered through Iran’s Chabahar Port.
At the inaugural meeting of the joint working group on Afghanistan between India and Central Asia, the announcement was made.
In collaboration with the UN World Food Programme, India said that it would provide wheat relief to the country that has been devastated by war. Following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, India pledged help to the Afghan people in the form of “50,000 metric tonnes” of wheat since they were suffering from a severe food shortage.
The shipments were subsequently transported to Afghanistan via Pakistan on land. After nearly a month of deliberations, Islamabad approved the transit facility.
In addition to asserting that Afghanistan’s territory cannot be used for terrorist activities, India and five other “central Asian nations” urged for the establishment of a fully inclusive democratic system in Kabul that respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities.
According to a joint statement, the gathering stressed the significance of creating a “truly inclusive and democratic governmental framework” that honours all Afghans’ rights and assures equal rights for women, girls, and members of minority groups, including educational opportunities.
India joined a number of other powerful nations in opposing the Taliban’s decision to forbid Afghan women from attending university in December.
According to the statement, officials addressed potential ways to cooperate in efforts to counter regional concerns such as terrorism, extremism, radicalization, and drug trafficking.
Special envoys or high-ranking representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended the meeting, which was hosted by India. The “UN World Food Programme (UNWFP)” and “UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)” sent delegates from their respective countries to the meeting.