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India, Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia facilitate major aid consignments to Afghanistan

The Afghan government has sent a convoy of 40 trucks overland to the Pakistan-India border to collect a shipment of wheat for Afghanistan from the Indian government, which is being sent in a bid to counter the crisis the country is facing.
The trucks will be loaded with the aid at the Wagah-Attari border crossing between Pakistan and India before returning overland through Pakistan to Afghanistan.
Punjab Province Home Department officials said the Interior Ministry, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have issued instructions to the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide foolproof security to shipments to avoid any mishap.
According to sources in the Punjab Home Department, the shipment of wheat from India will be handed over to Afghan officials on Tuesday at the border crossing.
At the same time, a total of 750 tons of emergency relief goods sent by charity train from Turkey to Afghanistan has been delivered to authorities in Kabul.
Co-ordinated by Turkey’s state-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and with the support of Turkish NGOs, medical aid packages were delivered to the Afghanistan Public Health Ministry on Monday.
The aid packages include food, winter clothing, medical supplies, wheelchairs, toys, and health supplies.
A Turkish diplomat at their embassy in Kabul, Emre Manav, stated that the aid will be delivered to 34 provinces across Afghanistan as soon as possible, Turkey’s media reported.
Attending the handover ceremony along with Manav were the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Deputy Health Minister Habibullah Ahunzade and representatives of some Turkish institutions in Kabul.
In a speech, Manav said that as the Afghan people stood by Turkish people in the past, they stand with the Afghan people who need help now.
The train left Ankara on January 27 and entered Afghanistan on February 7.
Meanwhile a special flight carrying five tonnes of humanitarian relief from Malaysia left for Kabul on Tuesday.
Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah was present to send off the humanitarian relief flight which left Malaysia with 12 volunteers on board.
“The flight will stopover at Hyderabad, India and Islamabad, Pakistan before continuing its journey to Kabul,” said Malaysia’s foreign ministry.The post India, Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia facilitate major aid consignments to Afghanistan first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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