India has committed to supply 50,000 MT of wheat

The first convoy of 2500 Metric Tonne (MT) of wheat assistance provided by India to Afghanistan reached Jalalabad through Pakistan on Saturday.

“The 50 trucks convoy despatched from ICP Attari on Wednesday travelled through Pakistan to Afghanistan,” Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay tweeted.

“The UN World Food Programme- Afghanistan would now be distributing this aid to thousands of needy families across the war torn country,” the tweet added.

Last Tuesday, India had sent the first convoy of 50 trucks carrying 2500 MT of wheat assistance to Afghanistan via Pakistan.

A Ministry of External Affairs statement had said that the supply would be effected by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and transported from ICP Attari (India) to Jalalabad (Afghanistan) by Afghan transporters.

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

According to the MEA, the shipment was part of the commitment made by the India to supply 50,000 MT of wheat for the people of Afghanistan.

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, it had stated.

India remains committed to its special relationship with the people of Afghanistan, the MEA noted.