Taliban say ‘grateful’ for help after India sends essential medicines

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India delivered medicines to Afghanistan on January 6-7, 2022, to Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule. Photo Twitter @MEAIndia

India on Friday, January 7, 2022 sent two tons of essential medicines to Afghanistan as part of its humanitarian assistance to Afghans who are going through a severe humanitarian crisis following the change of regime last August. Supplies have been delivered to Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul.

“India is committed to continuing its special relationship with the Afghan people and providing them with humanitarian assistance,” the Foreign Ministry (MEA) said in a statement on Friday. The fresh aid comes on top of the 500,000 Covid-19 vaccines and 1.6 tons of medicine it had shipped a few weeks ago. [read more]

Acknowledging the aid sent by India, the Taliban spokesman said he was “grateful for its humanitarian aid and cooperation”.

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“A few days ago, India also sent 500,000 doses of corona vaccine and many other items,” said Mujahid, who is also deputy minister of information and culture in the interim Taliban government. in a tweet.

In August, the Taliban seized power in the country in a violent takeover, pushing the country’s already struggling economy to the brink of complete collapse. The country faces a severe shortage of food and medicine. More than a million children are at risk of dying from severe malnutrition, UN agencies have warned.

During a meeting with representatives of the Taliban in Moscow, Indian officials had offered to provide 50,000 tonnes of wheat and essential medicines to the Afghans, who are going through a “difficult” period.

New Delhi had closed its embassy in Kabul and four other consulates after the Taliban took power in August. Over the past twenty years, India has spent almost three billion dollars on various high-impact people-centered projects in the war-torn country.

In the statement issued on Friday, the MEA said, “In the coming weeks, we will provide more humanitarian aid packages consisting of medicine and food grains to Afghanistan.”

Currently, India and Pakistan are in talks to finalize the terms for the shipment of wheat that will pass through Pakistan, which has not allowed Indian trucks to transit through that country.

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