India could soon send aid to earthquake-hit Afghanistan

India may soon send aid to Afghanistan following the deadly earthquake that rocked the country. We learn that India and the Taliban have had exchanges between them through well-established channels concerning the assistance of New Delhi.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Afghanistan earlier this week, and the true extent of the devastation is now unfolding. More than 1,000 people are feared dead and dozens injured in the quake.

Speaking to WION, Taliban officials hope “the first batch of Indian emergency aid will arrive” soon.

On Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of External Affairs were quick to offer their condolences. Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet: “India stands with the people of Afghanistan in their difficult times.”


External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi stressed that New Delhi remains “determined to provide assistance and support in this hour of need”.


Farid Mamundzay, the Afghan envoy to Delhi, appreciated “India’s solidarity and support in these difficult times”.


While New Delhi does not recognize the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, an Indian government team visited Kabul three weeks ago. The visit was the first for the Indian government team since the Taliban took power last August.

The main purpose has been to oversee Indian humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and review Indian infrastructure programs. Since August last year, India has provided 17,000 MT of wheat out of its total commitment of 50,000 MT, 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine Covaxin, 13 tons of essential life-saving drugs and winter clothing as well as 60 million doses of polio vaccine.

India has built the Afghan Parliament and the India-Afghan Friendship Dam in the western province of Herat. Along with this, it has also undertaken 116 high-impact community development projects in 31 provinces across the country.

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