India dispatched a team to Kabul on Thursday to “closely monitor the efforts” for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. The move came as more than 1,000 people died in Wednesday’s earthquake.
The government has not specified the goal of sending a “technical team” to its embassy there, which has been closed since August last year after the Taliban took over the country. A Foreign Ministry statement here on Thursday said “in order to closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in pursuit of our engagement with the Afghan people, a technical team Indian arrived in Kabul. and was deployed to our embassy there.”
Recently, another Indian team traveled to Kabul to oversee operations to deliver our humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and met with senior Taliban officials. During the visit, an assessment of the security situation was also carried out.
The Taliban urged India to reopen its embassy in Kabul and assured full security and assistance. He also appreciated India’s aid in terms of pledging to provide wheat and medicine to the strife-torn country. Several consignments have already reached Afghanistan by land route through Pakistan.
The ministry statement refers to the recent visit to Kabul by an Indian team led by Joint Secretary JP Singh, the Foreign Ministry in charge of Afghanistan, to oversee the delivery of humanitarian aid and hold meetings with senior Taliban leaders.
“Our long-standing ties to Afghan society and our partnership for development, including humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, will continue to guide our approach going forward,” the statement said.
An Indian team was due to travel from New Delhi to Kabul on June 18. The visit was canceled following a terrorist attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan in the Afghan capital.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, appreciated India’s support. “Appreciate India’s solidarity and support at this difficult time. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was already going from bad to worse – and with the occurrence of natural disasters like the recent earthquake, life is unbearable for many Afghans. “, tweeted Mamundzay.