This is part of the Government of India's commitment to supply 50,000 MT of wheat for the people of Afghanistan

India on Tuesday sent the first convoy of 50 trucks carrying 2500 MT of wheat assistance to Afghanistan via land route through 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, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, along with Afghan Ambassador Farid Mamundzay and World Food Program Country Director Bishaw Parajuli, flagged off the convoy in a ceremony held at Amritsar, Punjab.

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, the MEA statement informed.

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

According to the MEA, 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.