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At the UN, India Pledges to Help Afghanistan After Deadly Earthquake -By ASC


A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan.

New York:

At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing on Afghanistan, India expressed its condolences to the victims and their families affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan and pledged to provide aid and support in this time of need.

The UN Permanent Representative, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, while addressing the Council said, “Initially, I extend my condolences to the victims and their families, and to all those affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. India shares the grief of the people of Afghanistan and is ready to provide help and support in times of need. “

Mr Tirumurti noted that as Afghanistan’s close neighbor and longtime partner, India has a direct interest in ensuring the return of peace and stability to the country.

“Given our strong historical and civilizational ties with the Afghan people, we are deeply concerned with the latest developments in Afghanistan, especially the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” he added.

The Ambassador stressed that India supports Security Council Resolution 2615 which provides humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, while ensuring that the Security Council will continue to exercise its oversight to control any possible diversion of funds and misuse of exemptions from sanctions.

“We took note of the briefing by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on the work of the resolution. We hope that the ‘humanitarian sculpture’ of this Resolution is fully utilized by UN agencies and their aid partners,” Mr Tirumurti stressed.

India reiterates that humanitarian aid should be based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence. “The distribution of humanitarian aid should be non-discriminatory and accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or political beliefs. In particular, the aid should reach the most vulnerable first, including women, children and minorities,” the ambassador said. . during the briefing.

In response to the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, India has sent several shipments of humanitarian aid consisting of 30,000 MT of wheat, 13 tonnes of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine and winter clothing.

The humanitarian consignment was handed over to Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Kabul, and specialized UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP).

To ensure a fair and equitable distribution of Indian wheat aid, the Government of India signed an agreement with UNWFP for the distribution of 50,000 MT of wheat in Afghanistan. The shipment of this wheat to Afghanistan has already begun.

In addition, to monitor the use of Indian medical and food aid and to further assess the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, the Indian team visited Kabul recently (on June 2-3) and met with representatives of International Organizations involved in humanitarian aid distribution.

In addition, the team also visited places where Indian programs and projects are being implemented such as Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, Habibia High School, Chimtala small power station and UNWFP wheat distribution center.

“We are currently in the process of sending more medical aid and food grains to Afghanistan. We are also donating one million doses of COVAXIN” Made-in-India “COVAXIN COVID-19 vaccine to Iran to be given to Afghan refugees in Iran. In addition, we have helped UNICEF by supplying almost 60 million doses of polio vaccine and two tonnes of essential medicines, ”PR told India for the UN during the Council briefing.

Mr Tirumurti said that India’s approach to Afghanistan, as usual, would be guided by the country’s historical friendship and its special relationship with the Afghan people.

He added that the expectations of the international community on the way forward in Afghanistan have been clearly stated in Council Resolution 2593 and reaffirmed thereafter, included in UNSCR 2626.

“This has to do with ensuring that Afghan territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks against other countries; the formation of a truly inclusive and representative government; fighting terrorism and drug trafficking; and preserving the rights of women, children and minorities,” she said. said.

Speaking further, Mr Tirumurti noted that India was mobilizing the security situation in Afghanistan and was actively engaging with the international community to ensure consensus on issues of security, peace and stability.

India also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Gurudwara Dashmesh Pita Sahibji in Kabul on June 18. “Terrorist attacks on minority community places of worship and targeting innocent civilians continue to be a serious concern,” the ambassador said.

“The recent findings of the Analytical Support Team Report and the Sanctions Committee 1988 indicate that the current authorities need to take stronger action to meet their anti-terrorism commitments. There has been a significant increase in the presence of ISIL-K in the country. And their ability to “ISIL-K, with its base reportedly in Afghanistan, continues to issue threats of terrorist attacks on other countries,” he said.

The ambassador further said that the report further stated that the Taliban has yet to separate itself from other terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda which continue to remain active.

“Relations between UNSC-listed groups such as Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, as well as, provocative statements made by other terrorist groups operating outside Afghanistan pose a direct threat to the region. There are, therefore, serious concerns. which requires immediate attention and our united action to ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for other terrorist organizations including ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, JeM and LeT.We need to see concrete progress in ensuring that such actions are prohibited.terrorists, entities, or aliases they do not get any support, secretly or directly, either from Afghan soil or from terror shelters based in the region, ”Mr Tirumurti said, noting the need to combat acts of terrorism.

He said in the political arena, India continued to call for an inclusive dispensation in Afghanistan that represented all sections of Afghan society. The Ambassador added that broad -based, inclusive and representative formation is necessary for domestic and international engagement.

Furthermore, speaking on the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, Mr Tirumurti stated, “We are very concerned about the latest developments in Afghanistan that are directly affecting the well-being of Afghan women and girls. There are growing efforts towards removing women from civil life in Afghanistan. We join others in calling for the protection of the rights of women and girls and ensuring that the gains that have long been fought for in the past two decades are not reversed. “

Concluding his briefing, Mr. Tirumurti stressed that peace and security in Afghanistan is a critical need that needs to be fought for collectively.

“India will continue to play its role towards achieving that objective. The interests of the Afghan people will continue to be at the core of our efforts in Afghanistan,” he said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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