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Indian wheat, Covid vax to reach Afghanistan via Iran

New Delhi: India got a helping hand from Iran to transport humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

As External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar had a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the latter offered to allow transportation of Indian wheat, life-saving drugs and Covid vaccines to Afghanistan through its territory.

Recently, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India was talking with Pakistan for transportation of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan is a landlocked country.

India supplied the third batch of medical assistance consisting of two tons of life-saving medicines to Afghanistan a few days back. On January 1, it supplied humanitarian assistance consisting of 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine (Covaxin) to Afghanistan.

India has committed to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghan people consisting of food grains, one million doses of Covid vaccines and essential life-saving drugs. Last month, India delivered 1.6 tons of medical assistance to Afghanistan through the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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