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India sends 4th shipment of wheat to Afghanistan

Source : Press Trust of India (PTI)

India sends 4th shipment of wheat to Afghanistan
A worker loads a sack of wheat into a truck of the fourth convoy carrying 2000 MTs of wheat to be sent to Afghanistan, as part of humanitarian aid from India, at the Attari-Wagah border on Tuesday. (ANI)

India on Tuesday sent the fourth shipment of 2,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan via Pakistani land route as part of its humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. India despatched the first consignment of 2,500 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through Pakistani on February 22 and it reached the Afghan city of Jalalabad on February 26. Fifty trucks carried the consignment.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has so far sent 8,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan as part of humanitarian aid.

India had sent a proposal to Pakistan on October 7 seeking the transit facility to send 50,000 tonnes of wheat to the people of Afghanistan via Pakistan and it received a positive response from Islamabad on November 24.

Following the Pakistani response, both sides were in touch to finalise the modalities for the transportation of the shipments.

Each of the bags was stamped with the text: ‘Gift from the people of India to the people of Afghanistan’ in English, Pashto and Dari.

On February 12, the Indian government had inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Programme for the distribution of wheat within Afghanistan.

India has already supplied 500,000 doses of Covaxin vaccines and 13 tonnes of essential lifesaving medicines to Afghanistan.

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