India affirms solidarity with Afghan people
Afghanistan -Officials from India and the Taliban recently held their first meeting on the sidelines of the Moscow format dialogue since the takeover of Afghanistan by the latter in August 2021. After their second official meeting, Taliban said in a statement that the Indian side had expressed its readiness to providing extensive humanitarian assistance to Afghani people in crisis. This statement has come days after media reports stated that India was working on sending 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medical aid to Afghan people with the help of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Taking to Twitter, Zabihullah Mujahid, official spokesperson of ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’, had posted: “The Indian envoy to the Moscow format meeting said that the people of Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance, Afghanistan is going through a difficult situation. India is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.”
India’s extends support to Afghan people
Speaking about the development, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi maintained that India’s policy towards Afghanistan is guided by its friendship with the Afghan people. He further extended India’s willingness to stand by Afghan people and the need for expanding international cooperation to create an enabling environment for unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access to humanitarian assistance providers and non-discriminatory distribution for the betterment of the landlocked country.
Earlier, G20 president Italy hailed India’s key role as an important regional actor to promote a stable and secure environment in Afghanistan.
India echoes UAE’s call for aid
In view of the ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan, world governments have called for accelerating all possible aid efforts to help rebuild the crisis-hit country. India’s call for unhindered aid to Afghanistan reflects the UAE’s continuous efforts to safeguard the rights of Afghan people amid the prevailing challenges.
The UAE has been at the forefront to provide essential medical and food aid to distressed Afghans. With countries across the world bolstering their humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the UAE has also reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening global cooperation and support to bring stability and development in Kabul.
Under the directives of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE welcomed hundreds of Afghan families as it played an active role in evacuation efforts. Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the UAE has successfully evacuated more than 40,000 people using its national carriers, airports, and ground support staff. At the same time, the UAE provided shelter and support to at-risk Afghan nationals with the aim of extending safety and dignity to them. Several Afghan officials, world governments, and international institutions have commended UAE’s humanitarian aid and evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.