India Calls For Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan at the UN

Nrmalisation of regular commercial operations at Kabul airport, which will help accelerate assistance to Afghanistan. The minister was speaking at a UN high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan is our topmost priority: Jaishankar
Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan is our topmost priority: Jaishankar

The Ganga Times, New Delhi: India has said that it is watching the Afghan situation very closely as an immediate neighbour. According to the foreign ministry, the country stands by the people of Afghanistan after It has retaliated its support for unhindered, unrestricted, direct access and non-discriminatory distribution of humanitarian assistance for all sections of Afghan society.

India’s minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar said that there should be normalisation of regular commercial operations at Kabul airport, which will help accelerate assistance to Afghanistan. The minister was speaking at a UN high-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

“Those who wish to travel into and out of Afghanistan should be granted such facility without obstruction. The normalization of regular commercial operations of Kabul airport would not only assist in that regard but then become the basis for a regular flow of relief material and this would also accelerate activities that would complement domestic relief measures,” he said.

The relief material should reach every Afghan citizen — 97 per cent of whom are on the brink of sinking below poverty line. Jaishankar said that if such a situation arises, this would have catastrophic consequences not only in the global fight against poverty but also in regional stability. He also said that India support collective efforts to send humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country.

“Once relief material reaches that country, the world will naturally expect a non-discriminatory distribution across all sections of Afghan Society. Only the United Nations has the capacity to monitor such endeavour and reassure donors. As the picture becomes clearer in respect of legitimate concerns, I am confident that the world will step forward and assist the Afghan people in this hour of need,” he added.

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