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.”
Deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan today. My deepest condolences for the loss of precious lives.
India stands with the people of Afghanistan in their difficult times and is ready to provide all possible relief materials at the earliest in the event of a disaster.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 22, 2022
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi stressed that New Delhi remains “determined to provide assistance and support in this hour of need”.
India expresses its sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, as well as to all those affected by the tragic earthquake in Afghanistan.
We share the pain of the Afghan people and remain committed to providing assistance and support in this hour of need.
– Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) June 22, 2022
Farid Mamundzay, the Afghan envoy to Delhi, appreciated “India’s solidarity and support in these difficult times”.
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 was unbearable for many Afghans. 1/2 https://t.co/Rqqb4cUXxg
— Farid Mamundzay Farid Mamundzai رید ماموندزی (@FMamundzay) June 22, 2022
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.