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India sends 2,500 tons more wheat to Afghanistan

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KABUL: India has sent another consignment of 2,500 metric tons of wheat as part of its large humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, delivered through Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar. So far, 36,000 metric tons of wheat have been sent to Afghanistan by India to date, Balbir Mangat, Joint Commissioner, Customs said.

India will send another 14,000 tons of wheat to the country soon as part of New Delhi’s commitment to send a total of 50,000 tons.

Earlier, in a humanitarian effort to aid Afghanistan, India had sent the next shipment of 3,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in an official statement on last Saturday.

In a tweet, Bagchi said, “India sent the next shipment of 3,000 metric tons of wheat today to Afghanistan. Our commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people remains steadfast.”

In partnership with World Food Programme, India has successfully completed the shipment of 33,500 MTs of wheat to Afghanistan, he had further added. In May, another consignment of 2,000 metric tons of wheat as humanitarian assistance from the government of India was dispatched for Afghanistan via the Attari-Wagah border. The Indian government has promised to provide 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan, under which 10,000 metric tons of wheat have been sent already.

The first consignment of humanitarian aid of 2,500 tons of wheat from India reached Afghanistan’s Jalalabad through Pakistan on February 26 whereas the second convoy of India’s humanitarian assistance carrying 2,000 MTs of wheat left Attari on March 3 for Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Moreover, India sent the third consignment of 2,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan in 40 trucks via the Attari-Wagah border on March 8. The fourth consignment of 2,000 metric tons of wheat was dispatched for Afghanistan via the Attari-Wagah border on March 15.

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