During the first meeting of the India-Central Asia joint working group on Afghanistan, India announced that it would send 20,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan via the Iran port.
India and five central Asian countries on Tuesday asserted that Afghanistan’s soil must not be used for any terrorist activities and called for the formation of a “truly inclusive” political structure in Kabul that respects the rights of all Afghans including women and minorities.
At the first meeting of the India-Central Asia joint working group on Afghanistan, New Delhi also announced a fresh tranche of assistance of 20,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, and the consignments will be sent through the Chabahar Port in Iran.
The situation in the war-ravaged country came up for extensive deliberations at the first meeting of the India-Central Asia joint working group on Afghanistan that took place in Delhi.
A joint statement said the meeting emphasized the importance of the formation of a “truly inclusive and representative political structure” that respects the rights of all Afghans and ensures equal rights of women, girls, and members of minority groups, including access to education.
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